Jamie Carragher gives his verdict on Miguel Almiron’s transfer to Newcastle United
Jamie Carragher says that everybody knows Rafa Bentez is one of the very best at setting up a defence.
As he has done at previous clubs the Spaniard, even on a limited budget, has done the same at Newcastle United.
When it comes to the attacking third though, Jamie Carragher says that there is only so much you can do as a coach in terms of improving players.
The Sky Sports pundit declaring ‘You can work on it and improve it but sometimes it’s just about spending money and getting that quality in’, when it comes to the forward positions.
Talking about Miguel Almiron’s signing, Carragher says that one benefit that would always have happened – regardless of which player arrived for around £20m or so, is that it can seeepy away the constant ‘negativity of continuously talking’ about the club transfer record that had stood for 14 years.
So is though Miguel Almiron the right signing in terms of bringing the creativity and goals Newcastle desperately need?
Jamie Carragher thinks a lot will depend on well he can gel with Salomon Rondon as a partnership.
Almiron has scored and created a lot of goals in the MLS and Carragher wonders whether he can, and how quickly, translate that to the Premier League.
The former Liverpool player believes it is a good sign that Rafa has scouted the Paraguayan over a long period of time and thinks at the very least the signing ‘will give everyone a lift’, especially the fans.
As much as anything, Jamie Carragher hits the nail on the head when he declares ‘Hopefully Almiron will get some excitement back to Newcastle’, this is a hard working team and there is occasional outbreaks of quality. However, it would be massive if Almiron proves to be able to get fans buzzing like some of the great flair players of the past, such as Ginola, Robert and Ben Arfa.
Jamie Carragher speaking to Sky Sports:
“No matter who the player was, just breaking the transfer record puts the negativity of continuously talking about it to bed.
“It gives the supporters and Rafa Benitez a lift.
“They need quality in the final third.
“He was one of the best players in the MLS, he’s a good age, it’s just whether, playing in that No 10 position, he can strike up a partnership with Salomon Rondon.
“We know Rafa Benitez can organise Newcastle but as a coach you can’t really coach that quality they need in the final third.
“You can work on it and improve it but sometimes it’s just about spending money and getting that quality in.
“It remains to be seen whether he is good enough for the Premier League but it will give everyone a lift.
“The fact Rafa has waited so long shows he has been scouted really well and it’s just whether he can settle and make an impact before now and the end of the season.
“It’s not so much the player, it’s the impact it will have on the supporters going into games. It will give everyone at the club a lift.
“Hopefully Almiron will get some excitement back to Newcastle.”
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