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Quite disgraceful attack on Miguel Almiron on his (friendly!) debut by national newspaper

1 month ago
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Miguel Almiron got 45 minutes in a friendly today.

The January signing playing at the Pinatar Arena in front of a couple of thousand people.

It had been billed as ‘Newcastle’s record signing  to make first start’ but in reality it was a kick about at the end of some warmer weather training in Spain.

Rafa Benitez making this clear when playing an entirely different eleven players in the second half, compared to the opening 45 minutes.

The idea clearly just to give as many of the squad as possible 45 minutes of football to keep them ticking over.

A lot of media were there having been tempted over by a few days of extra access to the players and Rafa Benitez, loads of interviews taking place on Friday.

However, on Saturday one journalist and newspaper really embarrassed themselves, trying to invent a story that wasn’t there.

The Sun headline raging:

‘Newcastle new-boy Miguel Almiron flops on first start since £20.7m transfer’

Their journalist covering Newcastle United, David Coverdale, declaring…

‘Miguel Almiron was dragged off at half-time…’

Not one Newcastle fan, or indeed other media, have claimed that the new signing ‘flops’ today, it was a friendly where players were largely going through the motions.

As for being ‘dragged off’ at half-time, it is laughable, all 11 players were ‘dragged off’, as in it was a run out for 22 players to each get 45 minutes of friendly football.

It gets better though, as The Sun started to get abuse for their embarrassing ‘journalism’, they reacted by trying to rewrite history.

They changed the headline from ‘Miguel Almiron flops’ to ‘Miguel Almiron struggles’, as well as inside the article it went from ‘Miguel Almiron dragged off’ to ‘Miguel Almiron withdrawn’ (just like the other 10 who played the first half!).

Final Score:

Newcastle 1 CSKA Moscow 1

These are the two teams Rafa Benitez used in each half:

First Half:

Darlow, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Barreca, Kenedy, Ki, Diame, Almiron, Rondon

Second Half:

Woodman, Manquillo, Dummett, Fernandez, Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu, Ritchie, Perez, Muto, Joselu

Rafa giving the two squad keepers time on the pitch, with Dubravka watching on.

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