Rafael Benitez has insisted that he is not concerned regarding the form of club record signing Miguel Almiron, despite his lack of goals for Newcastle United.
The Paraguay international moved to St. James Park in January, with his £21 million arrival from Atlanta United making him the most expensive player in Newcastle‘s history, with the Magpies having failed to break their transfer record since Michael Owen’s arrival back in 2005.
Despite plenty of anticipation and excitement among the Toon Army at Almiron’s arrival, he is yet to open his goalscoring account in the famous old Black and White stripes.
However, ahead of tonight’s trip to face fifth-placed Arsenal at the Emirates, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has said that he is not concerned by his big-money signing’s lack of goals, insisting that his pace is creating more opportunities for fellow forwards, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez.
“He is doing OK. I do not see any anxiety just because he is not scoring. He is fine,” Benitez said.
“You talk about (Salomon) Rondon, (Ayoze) Perez and Almiron and they play well together.
“Maybe he (Almiron) has more pace going forward causing more problems for defenders, and that is beneficial for Rondon and Ayoze.”
Newcastle have only lost one of the six games in which Almiron has featured this season, the 2-0 defeat at West Ham, with the Magpies winning three and drawing two, as they have steered clear of the Premier League drop zone.