A bit of a worry as Miguel Almiron admits “I’ve never been a massive goalscorer”
You have to feel sorry for Miguel Almiron.
Gets his dream move to the Premier League on 31 January 2019 and has a really promising start to life with Newcastle.
Making his debut as a sub at Wolves in a 1-1 draw, he helped spark an excellent run which from that point saw NUFC win 21 points and score 21 goals.
In the previous 25 PL games, there had been 21 goals and 24 points gained.
Miguel Almiron still hasn’t had a single assist or goal for Newcastle but his influence was obvious from when he first played in February. The ability to carry the ball and his direct running changing the team dynamic and creating situations and space that is teammates benefited from.
Forming an attacking trio with Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon, the Paraguayan helped both to end the season with career best goal tallies in a PL season.
Sitting out the final weeks of the season through injury, Miguel Almiron went off in May to prepare for and then play in the Copa America.
By the time he came back to Newcastle in July, the manager who had signed him and his two attacking partners had all left.
Almiron was one of Newcastle’s better players on Sunday with good energy and running with the ball but like his teammates struggled to create chances and score goals.
With the two players who has scored 55% of the goals now gone, the hope of fans was that as well as his all round game, Miguel Almiron would now be weighing in with a fair few goals of his own this season, in a team/squad that hasn’t many goalscorers, a lot of pressure on him and new signing Joelinton.
So it was a little bit worrying for Miguel Almiron to say: ‘I’m bringing things to the side other than just goals. I’ve never been a massive goalscorer but I’m confident that the goal will come.’
Looking at the 25 year old’s goal stats, you can see he might have a point.
Almiron’s two years in the MLS were very productive, scoring 22 goals (and getting 19 assists) in 68 league games.
However, in the rest of his club career (stats via Soccerway), goals are a bit scarce.
In Paraguay the left footed player scored six goals in 39 league appearances for Cerro Porteno, plus three goals in 35 league games for Lanius in Argentina.
Yet to score a goal in 21 appearances for Paraguay, it definitely builds up a picture.
Miguel Amiron actually had a bit of a barren final few months in the MLS as well, only scoring once after 20 September 2018.
Scoring goals is a lot about confidence and you wonder what difference it would have made if on 13 minutes of his first Newcastle start his lob had went in, instead of hitting the post in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield back in February. A penalty saved in the friendly at Preston not exactly helping either.
For me, two things are clear.
Firstly, we do need Almiron to step up and score a decent amount of goals.
Secondly, seeing the Paraguayan’s overall goals record, it makes it even more essential that Newcastle have Joelinton, Almiron and ASM all on the pitch together. The French winger isn’t prolific but his six goals in Ligue 1 last season do make him look prolific compared to most in this Newcastle team/squad, of the players still at the club, Schar got four in the Premier League last season, Ciaran Clark got three, whilst Matt Ritchie with two was the only other to score more than a single goal.
Miguel Almiron speaking to the official club site:
“I think this position the manager is asking me to play now, is a position I feel very, very comfortable in, I like playing there.
“Gradually we are trying to build up an understanding between Joe(linton) and myself, he’s a great player. I think that understanding will come on the field.
“Off the field, personally I’m feeling good as well in terms of how I’ve settled since I first got here, so hopefully that will help on the field.
“I think it’s really important, a player’s family life.
“When you feel comfortable, happy and relaxed and things are going well off the field, I think you feel the benefits of that on it. It helps you to perform at 100%.
“I’m very happy in the city, with the people and how I’m treated by the fans, and hopefully that reflects on the field. I want to pay back all those kind thoughts and good wishes I receive all the time from the fans by performing.
“I’m quite relaxed about it (waiting to score his first goal for Newcastle), the main thing is that I’m performing well and providing opportunities for other players, and I’m bringing things to the side other than just goals.
“I’ve never been a massive goalscorer but I’m confident that the goal will come.
“You don’t have to worry about these things too much and the goal will come. I feel good in myself, and the main thing is to help the team in every aspect.
“The fact that quality players have come in, attacking players, is a positive for the club and the team. It’s all about working hard, and as that understanding develops it can only be a good thing.
“I think it will act as an extra bit of motivation for them (Norwich, after losing 4-1 at Liverpool), the fact they will feel they have to play well in front of their own fans with it being the first game.
“But we’ve had a great pre-season, we’ve been working really hard, and we need to win to get what we deserve. They maybe have a bit of pressure to do well, but we put that on ourselves because we want to do well.
“But we’ve been working really well this week – that’s what we’ve been doing up to now – and I think we’ll be in a great position to turn that situation around come the weekend.
“I think we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves and do what we know we can do, like every game – we always go into every game wanting to win. We go in with a positive attitude when we go out on the field.
“I don’t think the previous results will have too much of an interest – we know that every game is tough in this league.”
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