Rafael Benitez's plan for Miguel Almiron at Newcastle United could be bad news for Ayoze Perez

Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United reacts after a challenge during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on December 1, 2018 in Newcastle...

Newcastle United have reportedly agreed a deal with Atalanta United for Miguel Almiron.

Atlanta head coach Gerardo Martino embraces Miguel Almiron (10) after Almiron was subbed off during the MLS Eastern Conference final match between Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls on...

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United want Miguel Almiron to come in and play as a shadow striker for them.

Newcastle have agreed a deal in principle with Atalanta United for the playmaker, but they need the transfer to be sanctioned by Mike Ashley.

If Almiron does arrive, Benitez reportedly intends to play him as a number 10 and that may leave Ayoze Perez asking questions.

 

Perez has come in from criticism from Newcastle supporters this season, after showing a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.

The Spanish forward has hit just one goal this term, and he could now see his spot taken after January.

Atlanta's Miguel Almiron (10) passes the ball into the box during the MLS Eastern Conference final match between Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls on November 25th, 2018 at Mercedes-...

Benitez intends to use Almiron as his side’s main creator, if he does arrive at St. James’ Park.

If Perez is dropped, many Newcastle supporters are likely to welcome the change.

But it would represent a dramatic shift of opinion from Benitez, who has always stuck by Perez during his time on Tyneside to date.

Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United reacts after a challenge during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on December 1, 2018 in Newcastle...

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