Miguel Almiron says he is still relaxed even if waking up with a 400 days hangover this week
Miguel Almiron continues to be the man focus for the media, though not in a good way.
Constant coverage asking when he will be dropped as his ‘goal drought’ continues.
The 25 year old got one monkey off his back when getting his first ever Premier League assist on Saturday, a clever ball to set up Jetro Willems.
Miguel Almiron though claims he is still totally relaxed about the lack of goals, just happy that he is contributing this season in other ways.
This is where there is a major divide between fans and media, the attempted scapegoating of Almiron has been at odds with the overall reaction of Newcastle supporters.
Rather than simply/only look at bare statistics, the fans watch the matches and can see what the Paraguayan gives the team with his wholehearted displays.
They also understand that with Steve Bruce playing such ultra-defensive tactics, it makes it all so difficult [near impossible?] for the likes of Almiron, Joelinton and Saint-Maximin to really shine at the other end of the pitch.
Late last season Newcastle played far more expansive football with Miguel Almiron a key figure after he signed on January deadline day,he didn’t score or get an assist but was instrumental to the positive results. NUFC ending last season with the fifth best form in the Premier League in the final 16 games.
Whilst he says he is very relaxed about the whole goalscoring thing, so long as the team are getting results, Miguel Almiron would love to be waking up on Friday morning without another milestone/millstone around his neck.
Almiron’s last goal in club football in a 3-1 win for Atlanta United over New York City on 11 November 2018, which on Friday would make it 400 days without scoring for his club(s) if it doesn’t happen against Sheffield United.
Obviously Thursday is all about the scoreline but it would be a tremendous bonus if it was Miguel Almiron getting the winner…
Miguel Almiron talking to NUFC TV:
“I have been feeling like I have been in good form in recent games and I think my team-mates are helping me to improve.
“I am very happy that I can I provide assists like this one [for Jetro Willems against Man City] for the team.
“I always try to do my best in every single game and bring what I can to the party, so that the team can keep doing well.
“I just need to get that first goal but you know what is most important…that the team are playing well.
“I would love to get on the scoresheet and I am really itching to score but I am not beating myself up over it either.
“The goals will come along whenever they do and it will be at the right moment, I just try to give the best version of myself for the team and I think that is more important.
“When it [first NUFC goal] comes, it will be a very happy day for Newcastle United supporters.
“I have to be grateful to the fans who have always been right behind me – I’m happy and content here at Newcastle and I hope to carry on here for a long time to come.
“I feel very much at ease at the club and in the city itself, I’m very happy here and I have always said that.
“All I do is try to bring a bit of myself and ability out onto the pitch.”
Manchester City game:
“A good result against a difficult opponent, a hard fought game but I reckon that we put in a great performance.
“The team is playing well right now and is improving, that is just how we need to keep going, there is a good feeling in the group – the squad is very together and united as a group.
“We came back very well against a very tough side with top quality players, I think that shows just what great character we have in the side and the personality we have to be able to claw back a result.”
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