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Watch how Miguel Almiron scored these goals in MLS gives clear clues to why no goals for Newcastle

4 weeks ago
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Miguel Almiron has been a big talking point this season.

At the end of January he became the then record Newcastle United signing.

After Newcastle paid £20m for him, the Paraguayan went on to help transform the Magpies’ season.

From being a relegation favourite, Newcastle got to safety well before the end of the season.

Miguel Almiron was a constant threat and helped the team start to play far better attacking football, creating chances and space for others due to his running with the ball.

From his debut, Newcastle scored 21 goals in the last 13 PL games and the team picked up 21 points. Compared to 21 goals and 24 points from the opening 25 PL games.

Fast forward to this season and Miguel Almiron is a shadow of that player and in danger of being made a scapegoat, with certainly the media seemingly willing that agenda.

Looking at this footage below of him scoring and making goals for Atlanta United, I think we can pick up some pretty major clues as to why the left-footed player isn’t having a similar impact now for Newcastle.

For starters, four of his 13 goals in the 2018 MLS season were penalties, in total five of his 22 MLS goals for Atlanta were penalties. Newcastle rarely get in the box these days never mind win penalties! Plus even if they did, no guarantee Almiron would get to take them.

As well as that though, I think you can see plenty of other clues.

At the moment Miguel Almiron is bizarrely positioned out on the right wing for Newcastle and of course having to defend for most of the 90 minutes.

On this video you see Almiron with more of a free role and playing  most of the time through the middle. Last season Rafa gave him more of a free role as well and he was generally on the left and through the middle.

Obviously you can’t help noticing as well the number of players Atlanta get forward in moves, when do we ever see that in Steve Bruce’s ultra- cautious tactics?

A lot of the time as well, Atlanta play and press high, so when they win the ball they are instantly pressing near the opposition goal. With Newcastle at the minute the usual starting point when Miguel Almiron gets the ball, he is starting off midway in his own half usually at best.

He is clearly a sweet striker of the ball and in this video he scores some cracking goals when arriving on the edge of the box and the ball played to him, or indeed some great skills in the box when he receives the ball. These thing simply never happen at the moment in the current tactical set-up.

So has Steve Bruce got the answers on getting the best out of a player like Miguel Almiron?

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