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Player who couldn’t get work permit to play for Newcastle United praises Miguel Almiron signing

3 years ago

Miguel Almiron could make his first start for Newcastle United on Saturday.

The new signing is champing at the bit to get properly started on his Premier League career.

With 16 minutes as a sub against Wolves and 45 minutes in the CSKA Moscow friendly, it will be interesting to see if Rafa Benitez thinks he is ready to start against Huddersfield.

Brad Friedel thinks the signing is a ‘definite gain for Newcastle’ but will be missed by Atlanta and the MLS.

The former Premier League goalkeeper says any player will take some time in adapting to the step up to the English top tier but that Miguel Almiron definitely has the ‘potential’ to do so.

Kevin Keegan actually signed Brad Friedel in 1994, only for the keeper to be refused a work permit.

Friedel proved to be an excellent Premier League keeper and you wonder what might have happened if he had signed and been the NUFC number one in that 1995/96 season.

Brad Friedel talking to the US Bookies website:

“Miguel Almiron may be a loss to Atlanta but is a definite gain for Newcastle.

“He was exceptional and the Atlanta scouting network did a fantastic job in bringing him and I know they paid a lot of money by MLS standards, and he did a fantastic job there.

“The Premier League is different.

“It is very fast and physical but he has the tools to deal with it, to be very good in England.

“Any league in the world, it will take any player a little bit of adapting, but he has the potential to do very well over there.

“I think any team that signed him would have had someone to link up with him very well and you will see his pace.

“I actually signed for Newcastle in 1994, but I wasn’t able to attain a work permit so I went from Newcastle to Brondby.

“I was playing for the USA but they didn’t have an appeals process on the work permit.

“You had to have played 75 per cent of your national team’s games over the last two years.

“When I had applied I think I was 22 years of age and I was the number two at the World Cup and only had 50/60 per cent.

“But by the time I signed with Liverpool that’s when I had 75 per cent.”


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