Manuel Pellegrini gives his verdict on Miguel Almiron and Newcastle United

Miguel Almiron has been backed to become a success at Newcastle United – by Manuel Pellegrini.
Miguel Almiron.Miguel Almiron.
Miguel Almiron.

Rafa Benitez's side take on West Ham United at the London Stadium this evening looking for a third successive win.

Almiron, signed from Atlanta United in a deal which could cost Newcastle up to £21million last month, is set to make his fourth appearance for the club, which is 13th in the Premier League.

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West Ham manager Pellegrini was asked about Newcastle's form and the signing of Almiron ahead of the game.

Newcastle, beaten 3-0 at St James's Park by Pellegrini's team in December, won 3-2 at the London Stadium last season when Henri Saviet, Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu.

“I think that in both cases in December and now, Newcastle were in a good moment," said Pellegrini.

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"When we went to Newcastle and beat them there, they'd come from a run of three games in a row winning.

“Now, I think they are a more consistent team, a difficult team to score against, because they don’t concede too many chances. They have also won their last two games at home, so they're having a good moment.”

“They also have some new players, like Almiron, who has changed their attacking options a little bit, so we know we are going to have to play a very good game if we want to get points here.”

“Almiron's a player who made very good seasons in America. He's a very good player, and I think he will be successful at Newcastle.”