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Miguel Almiron to be dropped? Having a laugh as he’s the last one that should be left out

3 months ago
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Drop Miguel Almiron?

People are having a laugh.

I heard a few people saying this in the bars after Saturday’s match and I see social media has plenty of other idiots saying the same.

Clearly none of them have ever kicked a ball in their lives.

It appears to be based mainly on the fact that he isn’t scoring goals.

Well on that basis, we would be playing with only Fabian Schar.

Of the players at the club now, he has now scored five Premier goals for Newcastle since the beginning of the 2018/19 season.

After him we have Ciaran Clark (3), Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey (2 each), with no one else having scored more than one in these past 13 months.

The serious lack of goals in the team/squad should have been properly addressed in the summer but wasn’t, so much pressure on Joelinton, he has shown promise and got one goal so far.

As for Miguel Almiron, yes we should be expecting some goals but his overall profile points to him not being a prolific goalscorer. He scored a decent amount in the lower level of the MLS but he is yet to score for Paraguay and wasn’t prolific in domestic club football in Paraguay and Argentina.

What he gives you is excellent workrate and the ability to carry the ball.

Last season it worked a dream when he came in with Rondon and Perez massively benefiting from Almiron’s arrival.

He didn’t get any goals or assists but it was the Paraguayan who was the one that changed the dynamic, carrying the ball box to box at times and turning defence into attack.

I think he suffers because of a serious lack of movement in the rest of this Newcastle team and a failure to get decent numbers up the pitch.

Steve Bruce promised attacking football on the front foot but even Watford ended up with more possession yesterday, whilst the other four games averaged just 32% possession.

Bruce is a lot more defensive than Rafa in my opinion and part of this sees Miguel Almiron (and Joelinton) having to drop back far too much, both to help the defence and because they are starved of the ball in decent positions further up the pitch.

Newcastle are creating so few chances that when Almiron fails with the two he had against Watford, the response is so over the top, a bit like when Joelinton missed that once chance he had at Norwich, which was admittedly a sitter.

At least on Miguel Almiron I can mostly agree with what Steve Bruce had to say after the draw with Watford:

“He is an absolute joy to work with and just needs a little break.

“The ball to fall in front of him and it’s practically a tap in, just needs one to get him off and running.

“The two big chances fell to him but he showed energy, appetite and enthusiasm, we just need him to score a bit more.

“I think he plays with confidence, he takes (and runs with) the ball, he just needs to get off and running.

“I see his goals every day in training, he just needs one to go in off his backside and he will be off.”

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