Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is confident. Miguel Almiron is mentally ready to embark on the warmth of the Premier League.

The Paraguay striker, who turned 25 on Sunday, signed a deadline change on the side of MLS, Atlanta United, while Benitez's demands for financial support from its owner, Mike Ashley, finally brought their fruits.

Benitez knows that it will take time for Almiron to adapt to a very different football brand and he is also aware of the physical demands that a talented but small player will have to endure.

However, the Spaniard is confident that the playmaker is up for the challenge, starting with a possible start to the Wolves Monday night.

He said, "When you talk with him, he is ready, he is mentally ready and says that he wants to play and that he is available. You can see him in formation, he is very dynamic, he is always involved, so that's fine.

"But it's the Premier League and physics, and all of those things you have to deal with. We'll see how he feels and what other players do.

"We bring in a player who was part of the MLS, so we know he has to adapt. But he has the pace, the tracks and the abilities.

"We'll see if he's strong enough to do the same thing as in the MLS with the ball and without the ball."

Almiron has been recruited to add creativity to a team that has been defensively resilient but sometimes lacking in inspiration. His invention could prove crucial in the last 13 games of the season, with the Magpies having their five-point advantage on bottom three evaporate in the last fortnight.

Benitez said: "He is different from the players we have and that's what we were looking for: running between the lines and behind the defenders, scoring goals and making passes."

The Magpies manager resigned himself to the race for survival until the last game of the season at Fulham, although he is not convinced that 40 points will be needed to stay in this season.

He said, "Let's hope we can get a result against Wolves, Huddersfield and Burnley. Maybe Fulham, the last match, will be the most important game. Let's hope not, but you never know.

"For me, 36-38 points [will secure safety]. "