Magpies fans will be hoping he finally breaks his duck when it comes to goal contributions, and if he does you’ll be laughing to the top of your mini-leagues.
Emi Buendia (Norwich City) – £2.0m
A set-piece taker for the Canaries, we’re tipping the Argentine 22-year-old to make a splash in the Premier League.
Get on board this bargain early.
Onel Hernandez (Norwich City) – £2.0m
Like Buendia, Hernandez got a lot of goals and assists in the Championship.
This will, obviously, go down in top flight but his form from the left flank should be considered as you make selections as he got off 2.4 shots per 90 minutes and made 1.9 key passes per 90 last season.
Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) – £1.0m
In total, the Senegalese youngster got 12 goals and seven assists last season, earning him his Premier League switch from Standard Liege.
The dribbler could be a smart signing for your XI.
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Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) – £2.5m
Only one shot-stopper averaged over 7/10 on WhoScored.com, and that was Polish ace Fabianski.
He might not get heaps of clean sheets, although this could improve with additions to the Hammers, squad but he’s a steady point-scorer.
Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £2.0m
The Portugal international had a fine first season in the Premier League and should do well again under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Ralf Fahrmann (Norwich City) – £1.0m
Landing a goalkeeper on loan with eight Bundesliga seasons under their belt is impressive for a newly-promoted side.
Sure, he was displaced at Schalke last season by talented youngster Alexander Nübel but he should be a fine performer at a cheap price.
Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – £2.0m
The Magpies are facing a tough campaign ahead and if he remains at St James’ Park then the Slovakian is likely to be a key star.
He’s been a fine signing and could almost certainly earn himself a big move if he is on top form again in 2019/20.
Matt Targett (Aston Villa) – £1.5m
Having never had a full season as a starting player, Targett has joined the Villans for £15m.
But, he did get three assists and a goal last term as he made 16 appearances for the Saints, which isn’t too shabby.
Targett is set to play a major role for Dean Smith and he could offer cheap points.
Lewis Dunk (Brighton) – £2.0m
A move to Leicester City appears to be in the works if Harry Maguire joins Manchester United this summer.
Dunk is good for a few goals a season, while last year was the first time he hasn’t averaged more than 7/10 on WhoScored.
Playing for a bigger club is also likely to see an increase in clean sheets – the Foxes got 10 compared to Brighton’s seven in 2018/19.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £2.5m
The Red Devils’ standing may have fallen and the ex-Saint might not quite have fulfilled the potential he once showed but he’s a bargain on Dream Team.
If he remains fit all season he should improve on the one goal and four assists he got last-term.
He also got 14 WhoScored ratings of 7/10 or more, which will come in handy.
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The expected sale of Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer could trigger an ambitious bid for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho. United will demand £100m from Real Madrid for the Frenchman and plan to reinvest the money into a bid for Sancho. (Forbes)
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Liverpool and Manchester United will battle for the signature of 22-year-old Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo, who has a £45m release clause. (Marca)
Tottenham have been told to pay £45m to sign Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane ready to cash in on the midfielder. (AS)
Spurs have already secured the signing of Yago de Santiago from Celta Vigo. The 16-year-old is reported to have agreed terms with the Lilywhites after being offered an ‘extraordinary’ contract. (El Desmarque)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka will undergo a medical at Man United this week ahead of completing a £55m move from Crystal Palace to Old Trafford. (Goal)
Palace hope to cancel or reduce Wilfried Zaha’s sell-on clause as part of the deal taking Wan-Bissaka to Man United. (Guardian)
Liverpool have been urged to sign Zaha, who has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal. Reds hero John Aldridge believes the £80m-rated Ivorian is the one player the club should go for. FULL STORY
Kalidou Kouliably has refused to rule out leaving Napoli this summer amid interest in the defender from Liverpool, Man United and Man City. (Goal)
Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe is the subject of an £80m bid from Inter Milan. (L’Equipe)
The Reds are said to be leading the race for Barcelona starlet Alejandro Balde, who has also been linked with Chelsea. (Sport)
Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron has caught the eye of Real Madrid with his impressive form at the Copa America – it would take £35m to prise him away from the Toon in the current transfer market. FULL STORY
Harry Maguire is set to become the world’s most expensive defender this week, having reportedly agreed a £80m move to Manchester City after snubbing rivals Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)
Man United will trigger their 12-month extension option in Marcus Rashford’s contract, amid fears the 21-year-old striker may leave when his current deal expires next summer. (The Sun)
Inter Milan are still €25m (£22.3m) short of the Red Devils’ valuation of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Arsenal are considering selling Lucas Torriera after AC Milan submitted their first offer for the 23-year-old Uruguayan midfielder. (Sport Mediaset)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a personal plea to United chief Ed Woodward to move quickly and sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes. (Record)
Meanwhile, Manchester United are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Spanish winger Mateo Mejia for an initial £600,000 from Real Zaragoza.(The Sun)
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been told it is a waste of time to try to sign Celtic’s 26-year-old Scotland midfielder Callum McGregor. (Scottish Daily Mail)
Aston Villa will step up talks to sign Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings. The 26-year-old Englishman was instrumental in Villa’s promotion to the Premier League when on loan with the club last season. (Birmingham Mail)
Premier League newcomers Aston Villa and Sheffield United are among a number of clubs interested in £15m-rated defender Ben Gibson, 26, who has been told he can leave Burnley this summer.(Teamtalk)
Brighton have agreed to sign Belgian winger Leandro Trossard, 24, from Genk for £18m. (Sky Sports)
Dutch side AZ Alkmaar have confirmed they have held talks with Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie. (Daily Echo)
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While the club have also signed Belgium forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea for around £150million, as well as Serbia striker Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt, Brazilian Rodrygo from Santos and central defender Eder Militao from Porto.
He also notched an assist in his country’s opening game against Qatar last weekend.
And Newcastle have been proudly watching his heroics in Brazil as the club light-heartedly tweeted a picture of him and Messi tussling for the ball with the caption: ‘A football genius and Lionel Messi. #NUFC #CopaAmerica’.
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Almiron was clearly still adapting to English football last term, but the signs are that he could be set for a brilliant season at Newcastle – and it’s safe to say Toon fans think they have a major superstar in their ranks.
Have a look at some of their reaction below…
always knew almiron was better than messi, i haven’t been hyping him up on here for nothing guys i know what i’m on about
Argentina vs Paraguay This guy, Miguel Almiron, was the best player in the game for me. The highlight being a 60-yard sprint back just to dispossess Messi. Absolute class that Rafa signed there, as always. pic.twitter.com/Nh1xXUrKMa
Newcastle midfielder Miguel Almiron will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Early signs were worrying when the 25-year-old left the field in tears during the Magpies’ 3-1 victory over Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday.
And the Paraguay international now faces a race against time to be fit for this summer’s Copa America.
A statement issued on the club’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk, said: “Miguel Almiron will miss the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Southampton.
“The 25-year-old was withdrawn in the 64th minute against the Saints and, having been assessed by the club’s medical staff, it has been confirmed that he will not be fit for the Magpies’ final three matches of the campaign.
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“The club have already been in communication with – and will continue to liaise with – the Paraguayan Football Association ahead of this summer’s Copa America, which the player could still feature in depending on his recovery.”
The Copa America gets under way in Brazil on June 14, with Paraguay opening their campaign against Qatar in Rio two days later.
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Although he is yet to score, he has injected pace and a direct approach into Newcastle’s play to justify manager Rafael Benitez’s faith in him.
In the process, he has helped the Magpies to secure their top-flight status for a third season, a process which was completed a day after their win over the Saints when Cardiff lost to title-chasing Liverpool.
He will miss Saturday’s trip to Brighton before the last home game of the season against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and the final day fixture at relegated Fulham.
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