When Newcastle United spent a club record fee for Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron last January, not many knew what to expect from the MLS star, but in five months the Paraguayan international has already proven to be a hit.
Although the 25-year-old playmaker failed to register a goal or an assist in his first few months in the Premier League, Almiron did enough to get St. James Park excited in his opening 10 games in England with the South American playmaker creating more chances per 90 than any other Newcastle player since his arrival, and another exciting prospect from across the Atlantic could be joining the Magpies.
According to Sky Sports News, Newcastle are interested in Real Salt Lake attacker Jefferson Savarino, who is currently at the Copa America representing Venezuela after a solid half-season in MLS, and there are two reasons why the Toon should be looking to bring in the talented winger this summer…
A fee works with what Newcastle have
With a reported price tag of just £6 million, Savarino could be a player that the club prioritises this summer given how small the fee is, and with what Newcastle historically have spent over the past few transfer windows, the money being touted works with what the club have to play with.
With a reported transfer budget of £60 million if Rafa Benitez stays this summer and the ongoing talks of a potential takeover still continuing to drag, it could well be another summer of Newcastle signing players for cheap despite having more money to spend than the likes of Arsenal, and a player like Savarino’s and his price tag could fit the bill of this limitation.
£6 million for a 22-year-old winger who has plenty of experience in a good division and is currently playing at one of the top continental tournaments in world football could be a bargain for Newcastle if they decide to go in for Savarino.
He can bring an extra ‘WOW’ factor to Tyneside
The best attackers make the crowd live on the edge of their seat, and Savarino is very much a winger who does exactly that, and just like with Almiron, this is something the club are in need of.
Although his record this season of three goals and two assists doesn’t exactly scream entertaining or productive, Savarino’s ability to glide past players with ease and keep hold of the ball has made the attacker such a prized commodity, with the winger averaging 2.4 dribbles per game, the joint-eighth highest in MLS this season as well as being disposed only 1.7 times per game.
Almiron brought entertainment to Tyneside last season, and now it’s the Savarino’s time to do the same.