Michael Owen says he’s relieved Newcastle United have signed Miguel Almiron
Michael Owen thinks it is a positive move for Newcastle to sign Miguel Almiron.
However, he says it isn’t for certain that the Paraguayan will be able to do it in the Premier League.
Nor does he think that even if he proves himself in England, Almiron can singlehandedly transform Newcastle United.
Instead Owen sees the new signing as ‘another piece of the jigsaw’, with a lot more pieces/signings needed to be added if NUFC are going to be able to look up again.
One thing Michael Owen is sure about though, is his relief that Newcastle have broken their 14 year old transfer record, from when Owen signed for £16.8m back in 2005.
As for this season, no matter what happens with Miguel Almiron, the former NUFC record signing believes Newcastle will stay up, even though he doesn’t think ‘it will be pretty’ in these remaining 13 matches.
Michael Owen taking to The Star:
“My fee (when joining Newcastle in 2005) was about £16m, it gets reported as a couple of different figures, but you would have thought even in this day and age moderate players can go for similar figures.
“I know they (have) sold players for a lot more…
“Every single time I tend to read an article about a Newcastle transfer I’d get a mention in it so hopefully they’ll leave me out now (that Almiron as signed).”
“I have watched a bit of him (Miguel Almiron) and he looks a talented player.
“He’s been successful in the American league, whether that can translate is the big question.
“I’m a big believer that you can’t just go and buy one attacking player or a centre forward and think, ‘Right, we’re going to score goals now’.
“The teams that score lots of goals, they’re attacking teams rather than just having great centre-forwards. You’ve got certain players in certain positions that have all got a real tendency to go forward.
“It’s another piece of the jigsaw and if they get some more players of that quality they can start playing more of an expansive game.”
“I think they (Newcastle) will survive.
“I don’t think it will be pretty from that point of view.
“It looks like there’s one, maybe two, relegation places up for grabs for four or five teams.
“Newcastle are one of those teams but you’d expect them to survive.”
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