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Football pundits proud of their ignorance talking about new Newcastle United record signing

6 months ago
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Miguel Almiron is now in the north east.

The 24 year old flying into England and then arriving by helicopter into Newcastle on Wednesday afternoon.

The media in both America and the UK reporting it as a £20m ($27m) deal that has been agreed.

Just over £3m more than the existing record paid for Michael Owen back in 2005.

A lot is being said about Miguel Almiron coming to Newcastle United, but not much of it adds to the debate, especially from certain ‘experts’/pundits.

Take for example Trevor Francis talking to beIN SPORTS:

“They (Newcastle fans) are all excited because they are bringing in a £20m player.

“They have got a fifty thousand regular attendance at St James Park but they won’t have a clue who this player is!”

What, so you are paid to go on TV and talk as an expert on football, yet come out with rubbish like that???

Newcastle United have been linked with Miguel Almiron for these past three months.

Amazing as Trevor Francis might find it, there is a new invention called the internet…

My granny in her eighties knows how to google for info, or even check for stuff on YouTube.

The vast majority of Newcastle fans will know plenty about the player, by one means or another, they haven’t been waiting for Trevor Francis to brig us up to date!

Even better, here you have Danny Mills talking on BBC Radio 5 Live:

“I’ve never really heard of him, in all honesty…

“It is not a signing that makes you go: ‘Oh wow, this is inspiring’,  it may be a record signing but it is not that stellar signing who you know is going to score goals.

“He is very much an unknown.

“He might take time to settle as well.”

Which signing do you know is going to be successful for sure? Man Utd had almost £200m of signings in Pogba and Lukaku sitting on the bench recently.

Newcastle were never going to bring in a ‘stellar signing’, especially for £20m, Bournemouth signed defensive midfielder Jefferson Lerma for £26m last summer and I bet Danny Mills was scratching his head at that one as well.

You could excuse Trevor Francis to a very small extent possibly on age but Danny Mills is only 41, so a few clicks on his smartphone could bring him up to date on these mystery players to a decent extent.

Instead, they seem to want to wallow in their own ignorance, a bit like a pig in muck. As though it is a badge of honour, a bit like the one Paul Merson permanently wears.

Miguel Almiron turns 25 in 11 days time, so he isn’t some teenager emerging from nowhere.

The playmaker/number 10 won the league title in Argentina with Lanus, then in two years with Atlanta was involved in 41 goals in 65 starts, coring 22 and getting 19 assists, plus he is also regular playing for Paraguay.

Meanwhile Sam Allardyce, rather than ignorance, goes for another spin on the Miguel Almiron imminent transfer.

Sam Allardyce speaking to Talksport:

“Yes, I am [surprised that Mike Ashley is spending £20m on Miguel Almiron],

“It is a big ask at this stage of the season.

“They have gone for a big name and a big signing at £20m.

“Of course in January, it is a massive gamble.

“No matter how much research you have done and how good the player is, it could be a while before he settles in.

“You are hoping he hits the ground running.”

He makes out that it is some massive transfer, a though Mike Ashley is doing something remarkable in letting Rafa Benitez have a £20m signing despite Newcastle being deep in relegation trouble with only 14 games to go.

It is only a year ago when Everton were in no real relegation trouble, where Sam Allardyce insisted on getting the job on 30 November 2017, that he would instanatly be allowed to send £27m on (relative unknown) Cenk Tosun and £20m on (injury prone) Theo Walcott.

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