What Atlanta United fans are saying about Miguel Almiron and Newcastle United 7 months on
It was 31 August 2019 when Atlanta United fans finally saw Miguel Almiron move on.
It was a major story both for them and the wider picture in America, a record transfer fee for an MLS player.
Atlanta United fans reacted in a way that was all a bit alien to Newcastle supporters and football fans generally in the Premier League.
The best wishes were pretty much universal, sorry to see their star player leave after two very good seasons but not any bitterness at his departure.
Instead the sale of Almiron was actually seen by most as a positive, if the Paraguayan could prove a big success at NUFC in the Premier League, it would be a big thumbs up to Atlanta United. Encouraging other young promising players, especially in South America, to see the MLS club as a great route to play a bit higher level of football and then develop before also getting a move to a major European league.
There was also a deluge of media articles and social media chatter about Newcastle United suddenly having this new army of fans in Atlanta, so how are thing seven months later?
Well I get the impression that as usual Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United haven’t done anything of substance to encourage and retain the interest of these new ‘fans’, I have wondered why there wasn’t any effort by NUFC to try and organise a summer friendly between the two clubs. I know the summer is the MLS mid-season but where there’s a will there’s a way.
Interesting to read these comments from Atlanta United fans below, after Miguel Almiron and Newcastle United kicked off their season against Arsenal.
With Rafa leaving and a far lower net spend than Mike Ashley and his people had claimed would be the case, it appears the Atlanta United fans in the main, are seeing a season of struggle and possible/probable relegation for Newcastle.
As for Miguel Almiron, the argument appears to be whether their former player can prove to be better than what is around him at his new club and thus earn a move elsewhere, to a more ambitious club.
Atlanta United fans discussing Miguel Almiron and Newcastle United on Reddit:
‘Watching Newcastle v Arsenal on NBCSN.
He (Miguel Almiron) is very good every time he gets on the ball, just the team is clearly overpowered by Arsenal. Overall fine, but very defensive.’
‘It’s a weak Arsenal side too with a lot of starters out with injury, not being fit yet after time off after international duty this summer, just joining the team on transfers and Ozil and Kolasinac not traveling due to ongoing security concerns after the car jacking incident (more threats since then).’
‘Got a yellow for diving in the box earlier. Has been ok otherwise (which is fine by me as an Arsenal fan).’
‘He’s been ripped online by Newcastle fans for the dive. Doesn’t make much sense to dive since VAR would overrule the call even if he’d gotten it.’
‘Plus he probably would have gotten the ball if he’d just kept running.’
‘I hate that he does it. But man, I forgot how fast he is. Blistering pace. Just didn’t get a good chance to show it off that often today.’
‘Love Miggy, but his agent did him dirty with the Newcastle deal, even with Rafa they were treading shark infested waters, I think they get relegated this time around.’
‘I don’t think they’ll go down this year. Completely possible of course, but I think they did just enough to tread water in 15th or 16th.
And Miggy would probably rather be with a poor EPL team than in MLS, so I don’t know how dirty his agent did him. If they get relegated he’ll go to a mid-table La Liga side, or Italy.’
‘Yeah I don’t think they’ll go down either, but they’ll be fighting to avoid it all year.’
‘They lost one of the better (arguably) managers in England. The only reason they stayed up and even got promoted was Rafa Benitez. Without him, I don’t think they can make it.’
‘As much as I want Miggy to succeed, I agree… without Rafa, I’m pegging the Toons to go down.
I’m honestly surprised Mike Ashely actually shelled out the cash to get Miggy… and Joelinton this summer.’
‘They spent a lot on their French winger, too.
Rafa said he was leaving due to lack of financial support from the owner, but then they laid out a ton of new contracts in the last 9 months. They kept Longstaff when there were rumors of a £50M offer for him.
Sure they didn’t pay for Rondon and sold Perez for a nice price, but it’s not like years past where Ashley has spent nearly nothing. I mean Joelinton broke the record transfer fee for Newcastle, which was just set last transfer window with Miggy. Before that it had stood since like 1997.’
‘When nobody else is offering to buy, you take what you can get. If he proves to be a standout, he’ll be sold to a better team.’
‘I forgot how high his workrate is. He seems to be able to really float around in NUFCs system today. Cant wait until he gets that first one and the weight is off his shoulders.’
‘Miggy just seemed so toothless out there. I’m hoping this is just early season weirdness like we had to go through because we all know he can do better.’
‘I only saw the last 30 and he looked gassed. Not unexpected for first game. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in his second PL season.’
‘Miggy didn’t have his best game today. The stats were pretty even at first glance, but Newcastle had to take 56% of their shots outside the box while Arsenal took 88% of theirs inside the 18. Newcastle has a new manager this year and they just make a 40 million pound signing for Joelinton. (which broken their signing fee paid for miggy quite a bit lol).’
‘Oh wow so Newcastle is literally Atlanta United 2: Electric Boogaloo.’
‘I feel bad for Almiron and Newcastle fans.. Hopefully Ashley sells the team or Miggy can find a way out of there.’
‘Hopefully he moves to a better team come January. He’s too good for this Newcastle team.’
‘His end product isn’t good enough for a top team.’
‘I didn’t say a top team. He’s better than being on a team that has 0 ambition & will likely be relegated.’
‘Too good based upon what exactly? He was clearly an MLS standout but in PL he will have to prove he isn’t ordinary. Huge difference in level. With the money they spent, fan pressure will be enormous.’
‘He’s been the best player on the pitch by a mile. Glad to see the ref actually did his job and gave a yellow for the dive, needs to happen more.’
‘He’s been poor tbh, runs fast with or without the ball, but really hasn’t delivered any end product in this match.’
‘He was better in the first half. In the second he’s been clearly frustrated.’
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