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Benitez backed in Almiron signing


South America football expert Tim Vickery has backed Almiron to succeed in England.

“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. 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.”

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