Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has told The Mirror that he watched new boy Miguel Almiron on YouTube after signing for the club.
The Magpies were in action on Monday night, playing out a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers as Hayden opened the scoring before a controversial late equaliser from Willy Boly.
Newcastle now have some time off before facing Huddersfield Town a week on Saturday, and they will be heading off to Spain for some warm weather training.
That gives Newcastle the perfect opportunity to get new signing Almiron even sharper, after he made a brief cameo for his debut on Monday.
Almiron, 24, joined Newcastle from Atlanta United in a club-record deal on deadline day, but was introduced slowly by Rafael Benitez at Molineux.
The Paraguayan showed his blistering pace and created a chance for Ayoze Perez, but also got stuck in and worked hard defensively – just what Benitez will have wanted to see.
Now, teammate Hayden has admitted that, having not seen much of Almiron in action before his move to Newcastle, he actually took to YouTube to watch him starring for Atlanta United.
Hayden did though add that he was impressed, even surprised to see Almiron doing the dirty work too, showing that he's not just an exciting flair player.
“I had seen a few clips of him on YouTube, so we kind of had an inkling of what he was about,” said Hayden. “But it is a credit to him he was sticking himself out, digging deep, tracking back and tackling. If he can do that as well as what he does going forward then he is going to be fitting in right away.”
“We haven’t really got players who can make the difference by themselves, we are more of a team who works hard and sticks to the game-plan and helps each other out and sticks together. But maybe with a player who is more of a dribbler, who has that extra bit of pace or whatever, he can make the difference. Playing off Salomon Rondon up front as well makes a massive difference. The players can get around him and cause damage,” he added.