‘Do not judge me on my YouTube highlights, judge me when I start playing’

'Do not judge me on my YouTube highlights, judge me when I start playing'

Almiron, who has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal, worth a basic £60,000-a-week before bonuses, breaks into a smile at the end of every answer. He is polite and attentive, although not confident enough to answer in English, preferring to speak through a translator.

But he understands the theme of the questions and is adamant he is ready to start helping his new team immediately, even though he has not played a competitive game since the start of December.

“I don’t for one minute consider myself to to be an idol or a hero,” Almiron replies when asked about expectation levels. “What I want to try and do is do my best for this club and help out my team-mates by doing what I can out there on the field.

“When I found out about Newcastle’s interest, I spoke to my team-mates, my advisors and my agent.

“They came over here in advance had a look at the city and sent back good reports, same from team-mates at Atlanta and those reports have been proved true. I’ve had a warm welcome since I arrived here.”

On his right arm, Almiron has a tattoo: “It’s a passage from the Bible…I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,” he explains.

“But I’m not an angel, though I try to go every so often to church to put right my sins. I’ve felt the support, kindness and good feelings [in Newcastle] already. I felt they give that to individuals and the whole team as well. I really can’t wait to get started.”

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