Rafa Benitez looking for more from Newcastle United’s Three Amigos

Rafa Benitez believes the best is yet to come from Newcastle United front trio Salomon Rondon, Ayoze Perez and £21million man Miguel Almiron.

Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 9:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 9:48 am
Miguel Almiron and Ayoze Perez.

Since Almiron made the club record switch to United at the end of the January window, the Paraguayan has linked up well with Venezuelan striker Rondon and fellow Spanish speaker Ayoze Perez.

That early promise has led to a number of pundits claiming the Magpies now possess the most dangerous strikeforce in the bottom half of the Premier League and some fans naming them ‘The Three Amigos’.

While manager Rafa Benitez has been impressed with the trio in recent weeks, he thinks their West Ham performance – in which United were comfortably beaten 2-0 – was not a fair reflection on the players’, or his team’s talents.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

When asked about the link up between Almiron, Perez and Rondon, Benitez said: “They find each other when we are in possession.

“But against West Ham it was more about the mistakes we made at the beginning so they couldn’t do it as much as they wanted.”

Almiron has captured the imaginations of the United faithful, with the masses immediately taking to the lively former Atlanta United forward.

Benitez, too, has been impressed with the player’s attitude and character, even when things did not go to plan at the London Stadium at the weekend.

“Against West Ham he was working hard, it was not easy because mentally we killed ourselves at the beginning with the two goals,” said the manager.

“We needed to react, and hopefully you are expecting players to show character, which they did during the second half.

“At least we saw this character, we tried different things, we changed players, we changed shape, and everyone was trying.

“But, against a good team, as soon as you make a mistake and you give the ball away in counter-attacks, they are quite dangerous. Still we had the chances.

“Miguel was trying like the rest of the players and showed he can do it.”