Watch Miguel Almiron training with Newcastle United squad for first time – Video
Miguel Almiron sorted his work permit earlier this week and was raring to go.
The Newcastle United squad had been given a few days off after a busy run of games.
The big question was whether the Paraguayan would be involved today, with only five days until Newcastle take on Wolves.
Along with a number of other players who were missing from the squad on Saturday, you can watch Miguel Almiron joining in with training earlier today.
With 13 days to go, the smart money is on Almiron not starting a match until Huddersfield at home on Saturday 23 February, at the earliest.
He hasn’t played for nine weeks and following the Wolves match, it will be an ideal time for him to integrate properly into the squad and Rafa’s tactics, as the squad are flying off for warmer weather training in Spain.
Newcastle having no game on FA Cup fifth round weekend (Saturday 16 February).
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 6, 2019
The Mag – Earlier today (Wednesday 6 February 2019):
Miguel Almiron travelled over to France at the weekend.
Newcastle’s new signing flew to Paris with his agent Daniel Campos in order to get his work permit sorted as soon as possible.
The club having arranged for a personal trainer to work with Almiron, as until the work permit is in place, you aren’t allowed to even train with your new teammates.
The good news is that the work permit has now been granted and Miguel Almiron is now set to start training on Wednesday with the rest of the Newcastle United squad.
— DCSports (@DCaSports) February 5, 2019
However, with only four days of training at a maximum ahead of the trip to Wolves on Monday, at best the playmaker/number 10 will be on the bench surely.
With Rafa’s attention to detail and desire to have players fully fit and integrated before being considered for the starting eleven, Huddersfield at home on Saturday 23 February looks a far more realistic opportunity for the Paraguayan to potentially get his first start.
His last competitive game of football was on 9 December 2018 when he helped Atlanta United lift the MLS Cup in a 2-0 win over Portland Timbers, a crowd of 73,019 there to bid Miguel Almiron farewell, with the final taking place at Atlanta’s home stadium.
Almiron turns 25 on Sunday but Rafa will be his usual cautious self and refuse to rush the new arrival, who hasn’t played in nine weeks and has only had a couple of weeks of pre-season training with Atlanta, before his move to the UK.
There will be the usual moans and groans from fans, especially on social media, when Miguel Almiron doesn’t start at Wolves.
However, as always Rafa will be looking at the bigger picture.
Especially with Newcastle only two points above the relegation zone, the Newcastle boss knows Almiron could need to play a key part in later games to ensure the threat of relegation doesn’t become a reality.
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