Miguel Almiron believes he is ready to make his debut against Wolves on Monday.
The record signing was presented to the media on Thursday, having completed his first training session the day before.
The 24-year-old arrived on deadline day, but was unable to feature against Tottenham due to not having a work permit. But that issue has been resolved, and Almiron seems raring to go.
“It’s down to the manager, and how he perceives the situation, as to whether I’ll be ready on Monday, but certainly I feel ready and I’m keen to take part,” he told the club’s official website.
Fans are desperate to see the new signing in action, but Almiron may have to settle for an appearance off the bench on Monday night.
Newcastle’s fixture list favours Almiron
The defeat to Spurs signalled the end of a tough run of fixtures. Had Almiron arrived earlier in the window, he may have had to cut his teeth against the league’s elite.
Against Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs, the Magpies struggled to retain possession. Most of the games were spent defending, which would not have suited Almiron.
However, the rough run is over, and Newcastle can look forward to some easier games. While our upcoming fixtures certainly aren’t easy, they’re at least games that we’ll be competitive in.
We matched Wolves last time, until DeAndre Yedlin was sent off. A brief cameo off the bench at Molineux will give Almiron an introduction into Premier League football.
12 days later we welcome Huddersfield to St James’ Park. This is a perfect game for Almiron. It is one that we will expect to win and see a lot of the ball.
We have struggled to break teams down at times, which is exactly why we signed the Paraguayan. The clash with the Terriers will give him the perfect chance to show fans exactly what he’s all about.
After that, we play Burnley and West Ham. While they’re tough games, we won’t be camped on the edge of our box struggling to get possession.
Had Almiron had to start his Premier League career against the big boys, his adaptation might have suffered. But Newcastle don’t face a top six side until April 1st, when hopefully Almiron is fully accustomed to life in England.