Miguel Almiron transfer to Newcastle United is a risk worth taking

Miguel Almiron
HARRISON, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 29: Miguel Almiron #10 of Atlanta United FC takes the ball in the second half against the New York Red Bulls during the Eastern Conference Finals Leg 2 match at Red Bull Arena on November 29, 2018 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Atlanta United player Miguel Almiron is currently undergoing medicals at Newcastle ahead of a club-record transfer to Rafa Benitez side.

South American football expert Tim Vickery believes that Migue transfer is a risk yet adds that its worth taking.

“He’s going to run with the ball at devastating pace with a lovely left foot, these are his two great virtues: wonderful pace and a left foot to open up defences,” Vickery told Sky Sports.

“He’s an ideal type of player for a team that want to defend deep, cover up and launch a counter attack.

“It is a risk, this is a new business model, you think of the MLS as a elephants graveyard but now they’re looking for young south American talent and looking to sell it on.

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 18: Coach of SSC Napoli Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal at Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Ancelotti is disappointed with Napoli

The manager says his team lacked motivation as they were defeated by Atalanta, and doesn't like the way his team is playing in the second half of the season.

“This for Atlanta United is a fantastic piece of business, they bought him for under $10m, he’s launched a club and already won them silverware and they’re making a considerable profit if he goes to Newcastle.

“There is a risk, he’s coming up to 25, usually European clubs see this as an advanced age to bring a South American player into European football so he’ll have to adapt, but I think he could be good fit for Newcastle.

“I think he’s got a lot to bring to the Premier League, he is going to have to sharpen up his decision making in the final third, especially as he’s moving to a football which is much more intense than in the MLS and in South America.

“He helped Lanus win a title in Argentina and was their key player in that, it’s nowhere near the size of a Boca Juniors or River Plate, for a young Paraguayan to move there shows something.”