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Miguel Almiron needs to be on his toes with Newcastle competition from Christian Atsu

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Miguel Almiron needs to be on his toes with Newcastle competition from Christian Atsu

Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron has unsurprisingly come into the starting XI following his £20million (BBC) arrival in January, which broke the club record transfer fee at St James’ Park for a signing.

The 25-year-old has mainly been used as a left-winger, where his express pace and directness in possession has given the Magpies a lift.

He’s arrived to try add more dynamism in the final third and proved in the MLS that he can be a serious goal threat.

It’s taking the Paraguay international a small period to fully adjust to the Premier League, with no goals or no assists in his opening six appearances.

Almiron is making a positive impact on matches, but manager Rafael Benitez will have to start demanding more end product sooner rather than later.

 

The left-footed ace should certainly be wary of teammate Christian Atsu, who is vying to take his position and healthy competition in the squad is a great sign.

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Atsu is the player that has been pushed to the sidelines in recent games, despite playing a fairly important role in the first team this season.

The 27-year-old is another rapid option out wide for Newcastle to consider and he may slowly be creeping up on Almiron to try dislodge him from the team.

Atsu impressed in a cameo off the bench against Bournemouth before the international break, while he also starred in a Ghana victory for a Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

He appears to be building up some momentum and should be eyeing some form of opportunity in the club’s next game away to Arsenal next Monday.

Almiron definitely has to be wary of hard working teammate Atsu and the pressure may now be on him at Newcastle truly for the first time.

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