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Miguel Almiron Moves to Newcastle for £20m

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On his way to Newcastle apparently.

Mike Ashley finally putting his hands in to his pockets for once.

Should be a good signing for them. One of my favourite players to watch, in Atlanta's system, last season when watching MLS. Very attacking, skilful and bit of an eye for goal.

@Eco @Harvsky @Rafa Beneathus

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27M should feel like a lot but given today's market, it really isn't. It is concerning that they are paying this much for an unproven player at European level though. Signings from outside of Europe should be cheap with the potential to surprise and make it a bargain. Almiron is good but if he flops then it will still be the record signing, gone to bad.

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3 hours ago, Blue said:

27M should feel like a lot but given today's market, it really isn't. It is concerning that they are paying this much for an unproven player at European level though. Signings from outside of Europe should be cheap with the potential to surprise and make it a bargain. Almiron is good but if he flops then it will still be the record signing, gone to bad.

Our current record signing is Michael Owen, detested by the fans of every club he has played for. 

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Don't know why people are calling him Paraguayan and South American, surely can't be both?

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God bless the lad. Incredible player for us, and a great guy from everyone that had the chance to meet him. Only two years but he is absolutely legendary status here in Atlanta, and I guess I am now a Newcastle supporter. 

Vamos Miggy, Vamos

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14 minutes ago, José said:

Rafa knows. Good player but dont let the MLS league numbers fool you. 

He won't find the space in England that he has in the MLS that's for sure, but he can still play some great balls and get out of tight situations when needed. If he can showcase his speed and pace, then Newcastle may have hit gold. 

In all reality though, I hope he crushes it. Absolute Legend. 

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41 minutes ago, Eco said:

He won't find the space in England that he has in the MLS that's for sure, but he can still play some great balls and get out of tight situations when needed. If he can showcase his speed and pace, then Newcastle may have hit gold. 

In all reality though, I hope he crushes it. Absolute Legend. 

i hope he manages to live up to the physicality of the Premier League. MLS is like a kids playground compared to how it can be in the Premier League. He's not the biggest built player either...

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Hope he turns out to be a good signing for Newcastle because thats a lot of money for them to spend on 1 player, if he turns out to be a flop Ashley probably wont give Rafa anymore money.

I recognise the name because he was a fantastic free transfer on Fifa 18. Used to sign him with every team on career mode xD

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39 minutes ago, Stan said:

i hope he manages to live up to the physicality of the Premier League. MLS is like a kids playground compared to how it can be in the Premier League. He's not the biggest built player either...

That is certainly a scare. He's a stick and seems to get clipped on a regular basis, so getting a strong shoulder tackle will be something he's not really used to and might throw him off. 

Hopefully not though. 

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Rafa threatened to quit if this deal wasn't done. His leverage is starting to show and his contract is up in the summer so there should be more leverage again.

Looks like more last minute loan deals coming in as well. 

I've seen the correlation charts that show whenever the national press start turning on Ashley the club spend some money. One thing he doesn't like is being the headline bogeyman in the tabloids.

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21 hours ago, Harvsky said:

Rafa threatened to quit if this deal wasn't done. His leverage is starting to show and his contract is up in the summer so there should be more leverage again.

Good, I love it when someone gets one over on Ashley and I hope Rafa does it again, and again and...:congrats:

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Deal done. Think that's the first time Newcastle have broken their transfer record since about 2004?

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2 hours ago, Eco said:

@Harvsky - Do you think Miggy makes an appearance this weekend? 

I'll have to double check but it depends if he has been registered in time. He might be on the bench. Rafa isn't one for throwing players in.

I'm looking forward to seeing him play off Rondon. Did you guys play him more on the wing or as a number 10?

 

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8 minutes ago, Harvsky said:

I'll have to double check but it depends if he has been registered in time. He might be on the bench. Rafa isn't one for throwing players in.

I'm looking forward to seeing him play off Rondon. Did you guys play him more on the wing or as a number 10?

  

#10 for sure, and when he found space is when he would draw defenders towards him and he was play beautiful passes toward Josef (our #9 and MLS Golden Boot Winner/MVP), which would result in a lot of easier-ish scoring chances. 

When we tried to play him on the wing, he looked..stuck. but put him in the middle, give him the ball, and he would take off, usually ending in either a foul or a goal. 

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And while I understand it's the MLS, I was constantly amazed how he always seemed to go past the first defender. He'd either use speed, mis-direction, or some other form of trickery which was really the catalyst for 80% of our scoring opportunities.  

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14 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

I assume Ashley is still hated and needs to fuck off?

Why wouldn't that still be the case?

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1 hour ago, Eco said:

#10 for sure, and when he found space is when he would draw defenders towards him and he was play beautiful passes toward Josef (our #9 and MLS Golden Boot Winner/MVP), which would result in a lot of easier-ish scoring chances. 

When we tried to play him on the wing, he looked..stuck. but put him in the middle, give him the ball, and he would take off, usually ending in either a foul or a goal. 

Good to know. There's always decent space away from home as the onus is on opposition to come out and we cannot control possession. At home the bottom 10 will play tight against us.

We haven't been playing with a number 10 lately but it is a patchwork side we've got right now. We've been getting a lot of joy with a back 5 and then 4 in the middle with the two wide men wandering inside a fair bit. I think Rafa will probably stick with that for the time being. We'd have to go with a middle 3 to allow him to play number 10 which I'm sure will be tried at some point.

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Our local paper is saying the fee is £16m, which doesn't break the transfer record, but there are various addons that could take the fee to £21m unless we get relegated :4_joy:

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1 minute ago, Harvsky said:

Our local paper is saying the fee is £16m, which doesn't break the transfer record, but there are various addons that could take the fee to £21m unless we get relegated :4_joy:

I think we paid $3m for him. Unreal the value we got for that. 

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Just now, Harvsky said:

Also @Eco

 

Thanks - 

It'll probably be the highest viewed EPL match in Atlanta when he plays. A lot of the ST holders are already talking about buying the Newcastle kit with his name on the back. 

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He seems like slightly taller Iago Aspas. 

Also, Rafa loves his wide forwards. Had the obsession of playing strikers out wide at LFC. Cisse, Voronin failed but Kuyt clicked. 

Can't remember anyone apart from Gerrard playing number 10 behind Nando. And that was because he had two DMs in Masch and Alonso.

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Is this the player the MLS tried comparing to Messi, Ronaldo etc?

For me the MLS is League One to Championship standard, plenty of Championship players have made the step up to the Prem before but I don’t think it’s a guarantee he’ll do well.

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Miguel Almiron: Newcastle United sign playmaker for club record fee of £20m

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        Almiron could make his debut against Spurs on Saturday

Newcastle have broken their transfer record to sign Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United for about £20m.

It beats the £16m they paid Real Madrid for Michael Owen in 2005, and also breaks the MLS transfer record.

The 24-year-old has featured in the MLS team of the year for the past two seasons and scored 13 goals as Atlanta won their first MLS Cup last term.

"I'm very happy and eager to start and to meet my new team-mates," he said.

"The league is very competitive, this is a historic club, and Rafa Benitez himself were the main reasons why I am here now.

"I think it is a great responsibility, something beautiful for me, and I will try to offer the best I can to repay the trust the club put in me."

Capped 13 times by his country, Almiron is highly regarded in his homeland for his football intelligence, pace and left foot.

He started his career at Cerro Porteno in Paraguay before moving to Argentina's Lanus.

And he was one of only six players to record double figures for both goals and assists (11) in Major League Soccer in 2018.

Unlike the signing of Owen, Almiron was not greeted by 15,000 supporters at St James' Park, but the fee does represent a shift from the club's relatively modest outlay in recent times.

Martin Dubravka, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar, Yoshinori Mutu and Federico Fernandez all joined in the summer for a total of about £22m.

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Newcastle have also signed defender Antonio Barreca on loan from Monaco until the end of the season with the option of a permanent deal.

The 23-year-old former Italy Under-21 international joined the French club last summer from Torino.

"I know that Newcastle is a big and historic club," he said. "I know that the people here really love football and that the fans are really behind the team."

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Newcastle fans reacted in shock to the news the club had broken their long-standing transfer record

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47072107

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