Before January this year, the last time Newcastle United broke their transfer record was August 2005.
That was to sign Michael Owen for £16 million from Real Madrid, a deal that was a bit of a disaster. 13-and-a-half years later, Newcastle finally broke their transfer record again.
After years of bargain deals and penny pinching, Mike Ashley put his hand in his pocket and stumped up big money for a player. That player was Miguel Almiron, costing £21 million from Atlanta United.
The Paraguayan had been a revelation in America, winning the MLS Cup. But would he be able to adapt to the Premier League?
Initially, he looked like a star. Almiron gave Rafa Benitez’s side a whole new dimension, carrying the ball with blistering pace and creating chances. The only thing that eluded him was a goal before injury ended his season early.
His first full season as a Magpie has been tough, receiving a lot of criticism for his performances under Steve Bruce as his goal drought goes on and on.
Almiron is a likeable player who can be a real fan-favourite, and St James’ Park will erupt when he gets his first Newcastle goal.
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