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Hayden tips record Newcastle signing Almiron to be a ‘great asset’

Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has backed club record signing Miguel Almiron to become a important player for the team.

The Paraguayan joined the Magpies from MLS outfit Atlanta United for £21m in January as a solution to the club’s goal scoring issues this season.

Hayden has commended the 25-year-old for adapting to life at a Premier League side, predicting the playmaker will be great for Newcastle in the years to come.

“He has been top drawer, especially coming from a foreign country and MLS, which is a completely different level,” Hayden told the Mirror.

“Even coming on, he was a bit of a live-wire showing what he can do.

“He got tackled quite hard and when he got up I said, ‘Welcome to English football!’ — but he was smiling.

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“You can see in his eyes he is really enjoying it and all the experiences. He will get better and better and I think he will be a great asset to Newcastle.”

Hayden said he didn’t know much of Almiron before his arrival on Tyneside, but has been impressed by what he’s seen thus far.

“I had seen a few clips of him on YouTube, so we kind of had an inkling of what he was about. But it is a credit to him he was sticking himself out, digging deep, tracking back and tackling.

“If he can do that as well as what he does going forward then he is going to be fitting in right away.

“We haven’t really got players who can make the difference by themselves, we are more of a team who works hard and sticks to the game-plan and helps each other out and sticks together. But maybe with a player who is more of a dribbler, who has that extra bit of pace or whatever, he can make the difference.

“Playing off Salomon Rondon up front as well makes a massive difference. The players can get around him and cause damage.”

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