From the outside of Newcastle United, it would appear odd that former Atlanta United superstar Miguel Almiron keeps getting starts.
He hasn’t scored. He hasn’t gotten assists. He’s produced plenty of chances but finished poorly.
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Magpies boss Steve Bruce sees more than that, though, as the club brings a three-match unbeaten run to Villa Park on Monday.
Bruce had said in recent weeks that the Paraguayan just needs a goal to go in off his backside in order to break the dam. Now, the Newcastle manager is detailing what he loves about the winger.
“He’s got two in three on international duty. Look, it will happen as I’ve said many, many times. I thought his last performance, in particular, he was sensational against Bournemouth.”
“His running statistics, I’ve never seen anybody in 20 years cover the distance, playing with the intensity, the sprint distance…. I’ve never seen it. It’s high as I’ve ever seen. It will come because he’s a multi-talented player. He just has to score once and I think it will open up.”
Almiron’s unfortunate season has been well-covered in our Newcastle match recaps, but the key lies in the adjectives. Like David McGoldrick at Sheffield United (without the VAR era), Almiron is just going through a snake bit stretch.
Almiron looks a bit more shook than McGoldrick, but we’d back the Paraguayan to find something closer to what Newcastle fans have seen from Ayoze Perez in recent years.