Newcastle’s three amigos breathed new life into the Magpies’ attack in 2019.
The arrival of Miguel Almiron was a massive boost in January, with Newcastle’s attack looking somewhat toothless in the first half of the season.
The Paraguayan joined Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez in attack, and it was clear early on that they had great chemistry.
While Almiron hasn’t scored yet for his new club, his impact has been huge. He has transformed the way we attack and improved those around him. It’s no coincidence that Perez has been so good since Almiron arrived from Atlanta United.
The front three were affectionately dubbed the three amigos, but they might not be friends next season.
Newcastle’s three amigos could be no more
As things stand, one of the trio is set to leave the club this summer.
The game against Fulham will be Salomon Rondon’s last, with his loan spell due to come to an end.
Having been named Player of the Year, it’s obvious how big a role he’s played this season. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll sign permanently. Fans want him to stay, but the hierarchy reportedly don’t see value in signing a player who will turn 30 this year.
Then we come to Perez. The Spanish forward has been sensational in recent weeks, missing out on the Premier League Player of the Month award for April.
His good form has led to a host of sides being linked with a move, with big clubs across Europe reportedly keen to take Perez away from St James’ Park.
And he has made noises about leaving Newcastle this summer.
So there’s a big chance that Almiron could be the only amigo remaining when next season starts.
This is going to be a huge summer at Newcastle. Assuming Benitez stays, he either needs to find a way to keep his best players at the club or convince the board to sign adequate replacements.