Mark Lawrenson declares Miguel Almiron ‘Looks like a player’
To give Mark Lawrenson some credit, at least he hasn’t gone down the Paul Merson level of punditry and proudly stated he hasn’t got a clue who Miguel Almiron is.
At 25 and a Paraguayan international who has won the league title in Argentina and helped Atlanta United win the MLS Cup, playing in front of crowds of up to 70,000+, he isn’t exactly a total unknown in today’s world.
Where at a touch of a button/keyboard you can watch video footage of any player, team or league.
Mark Lawrenson says that after watching ‘lots of footage’ of Miguel Almiron, his verdict is ‘he looks like a player.’
The BBC Sport also stating the obvious that it remains to be seen whether he can now do it in the Premier League.
However, you can say that regarding almost any overseas signing, as most of them are coming from lower level leagues, whether it is Holland, Belgium, France, or indeed the MLS.
Miguel Almiron has done everything asked of him so far and scored and created goals for fun in the MLS these past two seasons.
As the biggest ever transfer from the MLS, they (the MLS) have big hopes that Newcastle’s new record signing can pave the way for more to follow.
The MLS set-up keen to show that they can offer ambitious young player the chance to develop and then get an eventual move to Europe, especially the Premier League.
Mark Lawrenson predicts defeat (2-1) for Almiron tonight, that is if he gets onto the pitch against Wolves.
Huddersfield at home in two weeks time looks more like the perfect time for his first start but Newcastle fans wouldn’t mind seeing a came tonight, as they are desperate to see extra goals and credibility added, as well as a player to excite them, which has been lacking for some time – apart from the odd flash of inspiration from Kenedy last season.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“Newcastle’s new signing Miguel Almiron should make his debut and I am looking forward to seeing how he gets on.
“I have seen lots of footage of him and he looks like a player, but it will be an interesting night for him because the Premier League is very different to the MLS, and Wolves are a team in form.
“Of all the teams chasing seventh place, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are definitely the most consistent in terms of performances, and I can see them getting a fourth-straight win on Monday.
“Prediction is Wolves 2 Newcastle 1.”
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