Paul Robinson has warned Miguel Almiron that ‘people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’ after the Newcastle ace was quoted as saying he wanted to play in a team ‘that fights more’.
Almiron made the comments in an interview with Paraguyan radio station ABC Cardinal.
Before the international break, Newcastle slumped to a woeful 3-0 defeat at relegation rivals Brighton which left them hovering just two points above the bottom three. Defender Ciaran Clark admitted after the game that the Magpies weren’t properly ‘up for it’ (via Chronicle Live).
Robinson: ‘Coming from Almiron, I do not think that will go down too well’
Even though Almiron was echoing Clark’s concerns about a lack of a fighting spirit, several senior Newcastle players were said to be ‘extremely unhappy’ after his interview.
Robinson says they have every right to be, accusing Almiron of being a hypocrite.
“It is a complete slur on your teammates,” he told Football Insider.
“It is the last thing you need when you are in a relegation battle and your team are not playing well. When your backs are against the wall you don’t need one of your better players saying stuff like that.
“If it was a player who had consistently fought hard every week and gives 110 percent with tackles and runs you could have more sympathy for those comments. If it had come from a captain, or a leader at the club, you could take it more easily.
“But coming from Almiron, I do not think that will go down too well. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
Almiron has scored five goals and provided three assists for the Magpies this season – only Callum Wilson can better those tallies.
He returned to the line-up at the Amex Stadium after a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Transfer Tavern verdict
It’s strange that Robinson has chosen to question Almiron’s application. The Paraguayan hasn’t always provided end-product, but he has consistently run himself into the ground.
Earlier in the season, Jackie Smithfield wrote in Newcastle fanzine The Mag: “Miguel Almiron the type of player that wherever you play him, he will very rarely let you down, as even if not on top form his work ethic is worth a place in the team on its own.”
The Paraguayan will be key to the Toon’s efforts to stave off the drop in the coming weeks, and fans like Smithfield may feel that Robinson is mistaken to criticise the player over his work ethic.
In other news, Newcastle are looking to strike a bargain deal.
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