miguel almiron can succeed in the premier league – rafa benitez

18:00    09 Feb 2019

Miguel Almiron
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has expressed his confidence that record signing Miguel Almiron can succeed in the Premier League.

The Paraguayan midfielder moved to St James' Park from Major Soccer League side Atlanta United for a club-record fee reported to be in the region of £21m.

Almiron has trained with his new teammates for the first time this past week, after being awarded his work permit. The 24-year-old could make his debut in Newcastle’s Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

"He is fine, he is training okay, he is fit, he has good stamina and pace," said Benitez.

"He is quite mobile, quite dynamic. Now the question mark is what will happen with the physicality of the Premier League? What's the difference between the MLS and the Premier League?

"All these things we know but we will see how he copes with that but at the moment he is okay with the training sessions.

"Miguel is a nice lad, he's a worker and he's training well. He's talked with the nutritionist already so he's professional.

"He can talk English and Spanish so in terms of what we want from him on the pitch it's okay.

"It's just a question of putting him on the pitch and seeing how he copes with the tackles.”

Benitez added that it could take a while for the midfielder to full settle in: "For every player to come to another league, especially the Premier League, it is quite difficult so he will need time to adapt.

"For some players it is more difficult because they cannot communicate but he can talk with a lot of players in Spanish and he understands English perfectly so it's not an issue for him.

"Players cannot think too much about the price. They have to think about what they can do on the pitch, what they can give the team. I think he has the right mentality in terms of that."

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