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Newcastle still need more from £20m signing Miguel Almiron

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Newcastle still need more from £20m signing Miguel Almiron

Newcastle United secured an impressive 1-0 away victory at Leicester City on Friday night, which moved them 10 points clear of safety in the Premier League and they may now have enough to avoid relegation.

The Magpies earned three points thanks to Ayoze Perez’s first-half header and were very good against a Leicester team that had won their previous four games.

Rafael Benitez’s team were full of energy all over the park and defended brilliantly with their organisation and commitment to each other.

They also looked the more threatening team every time they went forward, with Salomon Rondon the perfect target man as he allowed his teammates to work off him.

Miguel Almiron started on the left flank and his blistering pace was a real outlet at the King Power Stadium.

The 25-year-old showed why he’s quickly becoming a fan favourite  and the threat he can have, but manager Benitez should be demanding more from him.

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Newcastle splashed out £20million (BBC) to sign Almiron in January from the MLS and there is no doubt he’s managed to add something extra going forward.

 

His pace and trickery makes him a threat, while he’s also shown he is prepared to do the defensive work too and has adapted well to Benitez’s system.

But he’s now gone nine games in a Newcastle shirt without a goal or assist and even the most die hard fan will know that his end product does have to sharpen up.

The wide man does have the ability to take on a man one-on-one, but his decision making and final ball is currently what’s lacking.

Almiron proved in the MLS that he can be a goalscoring threat on his left foot and he needs to try being more clinical in the final third in the Premier League.

The signs are positive for the left-footed ace and he should be much better next season after a full pre-season under his belt, but it’s definitely an area of his game he needs to improve.

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