According to sports journalist Luis Enrique Perez, Arsenal and Inter Milan are interested in Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron.
— Luis Enrique Pérez (@LuisEnriquePy) March 10, 2020
Almiron is the club’s leading goalscorer this season, scoring 6 in all competitions for the Black and Whites, and the attacking midfielder has attracted the interests of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. Arsenal were linked with the Paraguayan before the Magpies swooped in last season.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce heaped plenty of praise on the 26-year-old last week after the South American scored a brace in the FA Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion, telling the Chronicle “he is a delight to manage. He trains hard and plays with a smile on his face.”
Although Almiron has scored the most goals for Steve Bruce’s side so far, he has only netted 2 goals and provided 1 assist in 38 Premier League appearances (Transfermarkt). So, should the board replace the misfiring attacker?
From a business standpoint, it makes sense to sell Almiron and bring in someone young who can assist the workload of Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin, and Mike Ashley’s eyes will surely be lighting up at the prospect of making a profit on the £21.6m (Transfermarkt) they paid MLS side Atlanta United for the Paraguay international.
Given his age, Almiron should be in the prime of his career but has struggled to deliver the numbers Newcastle have needed throughout the season. However, Joelinton and Saint-Maximin are still only 22 with plenty of room for improvement, and the board should be looking to bring in a younger striker of a similar age with a better end product than Almiron.
Joelinton especially has of course struggled to shoulder the responsibility of being the club’s primary goalscorer, but such has been his troubles there is no way he could be sold for anything close to what the club paid last summer. Saint-Maximin, meanwhile, is showing real signs of becoming a top quality player, and therefore it is Almiron who should make way for a more potent player who can provide more than a goal every 19 top-flight matches.
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