10 January Transfers Everyone Wants To See: #4 Miguel Almiron

Miguel Almiron #10 of Atlanta United FC controls the ball against the Minnesota United FC during the second half of the match on March 12, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Atlanta defeated Minnesota 6-1.  (March 11, 2017 - Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America)

Miguel Almiron #10 of Atlanta United FC controls the ball against the Minnesota United FC during the second half of the match on March 12, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Atlanta defeated Minnesota 6-1.

(March 11, 2017 - Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America)

No matter how good some players are, football players or otherwise – they kind of need a bigger turf or neighbourhood to show that they belong, to prove that they have the “it” factor. Such is the story of some of the most exciting professional footballers in the game today, they can only become as big as the club they play for and we have a few names that many would want to see move to other pastures. Some have been rumoured away from their clubs and some haven’t but sooner rather than later, transfers are inevitable. You wouldn’t have guessed the fourth person on our list.

To many, he may come as a shocker but to those fortunate enough to be first movers in the field of recognising talent, they will be familiar with the name Miguel Almiron. The 25-year-old Paraguayan enjoyed something a little bit beyond what is normally called a breakout year in 2018. The Atlanta FC playmaker became “the playmaker of the American Major League Soccer,” scoring 13 times and serving up 11 assists in 37 MLS appearances. He was more than instrumental in Atlanta’s 2018 MLS cup triumph, spotted more often than not, combining with the tournament’s MVP Josef Martinez, in terrorising opponents. The usual thing that follows after such greatness, chose not to shy away, comparisons and rumours flew in left, right and centre. One of the most significant piece of rumours was that of reported inquiry by the Arsenal on the player as a possible replacement for one of the world’s best playmakers, Mesut Ozil. In the eyes of many, he would be a more suitable number 10 to Unai Emery who is leading a revolution at the North London club because of his intensity which happens to be a critical component of Unai’s pressing style of play. What seems more becoming is still a move to the English Premier League but in the colors Newcastle. A big money move is reportedly being lined up as Atlanta President has promised not to let him go for “chump change.”

Miggy, as they call him, is surely on the verge of adding to the redefinition MLS’s position amongst the global community of football leagues as a capable source of youth talent after Alphonso Davies’ move to Bayern Munich.

One of the most significant piece of rumours was that of reported inquiry by the Arsenal on the player as a possible replacement for one of the world’s best playmakers, Mesut Ozil.
— Dennis Takaendesa, FirstTouch Africa