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Reported Miguel Almiron could leave after only 5 months at Newcastle United – Very dubious

4 months ago

Monday morning has brought claims that Miguel Almiron could be leaving Newcastle United after only five months at the club.

The report states that Newcastle would take £35m for the Paraguayan international, which would represent a £14m quick profit.

According to The Mirror, it is Real Madrid who are supposedly interested, the newspaper claiming that the player’s form at the Copa America has impressed them.

They don’t exactly have a great record when it comes to Newcastle United transfer stories and it hardly helps this feeble transfer story when they get facts so badly wrong.

The Mirror’s Simon Bird stating that Paraguay have been knocked out of the Copa America now (‘Almiron’s action at the Copa America has come to an end, after Paraguay were eliminated at the hands of Colombia on Sunday. Paraguay needed a win to go through to the quarter-finals, but fell to a 1-0 defeat.’)

Whilst they lost 1-0 to Colombia on Sunday night, Paraguay are still very much in the competition.

If Japan and Equador draw their match later today, Miguel Almiron and Paraguay will play Brazil in the Copa America quarter-finals on Thursday.

Getting something so basic so wrong, hardly convinces you that the journalist has any inside knowledge of Real Madrid’s transfer targets.

Whilst Newcastle fans have plenty of things to worry about, losing Miguel Almiron, at this point anyway, surely isn’t one of them.

The 25 year old has only completed four full 90 minutes so far in a major league, having previously played in the domestic leagues in Paraguay and Argentina, before moving to Newcastle United via MLS side Atlanta United.

Whilst overall he did well once arriving at St James Park, Miguel Almiron only started nine Premier League games and completed only four of those, as he is still adapting to the higher level.

He certainly has potential but is still waiting to get his first goal or assist in the Premier League and is still to score for Paraguay, though e has registered two assists in the Copa America so far.

In fact, Almiron hasn’t scored a goal since 11 November 2018, over seven months ago.

This isn’t NUFC negativity, quite the opposite, he is at exactly the right club as he will get games at Newcastle and progress, though it might help if we all knew who the manager will be in August and if signings actually started to be made this window.

This is the 40th day of the 2019 summer transfer window and there are media claims that Newcastle United aren’t even looking to sign anybody, until the ownership and managerial position are sorted.

Real Madrid aim at the very top level of signings and a couple of good displays against Qatar and Argentina won’t equal interest in Miguel Almiron.

He is all about potential at the higher level and when Newcastle signed him, Almiron had made 65 MLS starts (plus 3 sub appearances) and was directly involved in an incredible 41 goals – scoring 22 and getting 19 assists (stats source WhoScored).

Here’s hoping he can build on that in the quickly approaching new season, which is less than seven weeks away now.


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