Many Newcastle United supporters are visibly divided in their opinions of Miguel Almiron, after another goalless performance by the Paraguayan.
Watford’s visit to St. James’ Park on Saturday was Almiron’s 14th appearance for the Magpies since his £21million (The Guardian) move from MLS franchise Atlanta United, but the 25-year-old is still yet to open his account in England (TransferMarkt).
Opportunities have been there for the 25-year-old to break his run of goalless performances in domestic football, with gilt-edged chances going begging at the weekend as Newcastle were held to a one-all draw after Watford got their nose ahead after just two minutes when Will Hughes prodded home Tom Cleverley’s deflected effort.
Almiron presented brief threats in the second-half with his runs, but his chance in the fourth minute when he stood unmarked at the back post was the perfect moment for a first goal in Black and White, only to be wasted as the ball bounced off him and straight to Ben Foster.
An overzealous run soon followed and he was flagged offside, but Almiron’s ignorance to the flag showed what he is capable of producing as he rounded Foster to put the ball in the back of the net.
Newcastle fans are starting to grow frustrated with their former club-record purchase, though, and have taken to social media to suggest he needs to relax more and stop trying too hard, otherwise he could soon look like a waste of £21m.
In his 14 Premier League appearances so far, WhoScored have noted that Almiron has fashioned 25 shots in total after the Watford encounter, but only eight of those have been on target. The Paraguayan has also only completed 12 of 22 dribbles, misplaced 85 of 339 passes and turned over possession 39 times through unsuccessful touches.
Here are a few of the messages shared on Almiron from the St. James’ Park faithful…
Trying to hard. Needs to slow down and think a bit more. Looks a headless chicken at times.
— Scotty NUFC (@ScottyT9804) September 1, 2019
I hope I’m wrong but I get the feeling we’ve wasted a lot of money on the wrong player.
— (@dazzknowles) September 1, 2019
The lad gives 100%
I’m sure he will come good, he just need the right kind of guidance.
Can SB give that though ?
— toony (@ColinWi73944579) September 1, 2019
Almiron is quality for Paraguay and he was very good last season under Rafa. It’s Steve Bruce’s job to get him playing well again.
Almiron tries his best every game and has a lot of ability, so let’s not get on his back this early!
— James (@TrueNufc) September 1, 2019
Personally think he causes a lot of problems just with his movement – I also think he’s trying too hard , 1 goal and hopefully he will get the statistics to back up decent performances
— ledge (@cheikky) September 1, 2019
Almiron is suited to agressive/superior play which is the concern atm cos we are backs to the wall in every place atm. I like him tbh but accept numbers are weak
— David Langston (@Davidla41770595) September 1, 2019
Almiron is one of the first names on the team sheet but need another player to play off Joelinton. He’s full of running but Joelinton is holding the ball up well and has no idea where Miggy is because he’s busy creating space for others. Need someone to fill the Perez role. #NUFC
— Jonathan Sumner (@_jonathansumner) September 1, 2019
Different calibre, but Almiron has shades of Nicolas Pepé about him
— Callum Irving (@NUFCIrving1010) September 1, 2019
— Mr. Man (@kikkeliskokkel9) September 2, 2019
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The #NUFC fans slamming Almiron for missing chances and saying he’s not good enough are the same ones who were praising his non-stop running against Spurs. We’re considerably weaker without him in the side. Ugh.
— Adam Smith (@adam_smith1990) September 2, 2019