Newcastle United failed to hold on to a narrow lead against Steve Bruce’s old side Aston Villa on Wednesday evening as the Midlands side scored a late equaliser – and Newcastle supporters are frustrated with Miguel Almiron.
Almiron, 26, has started 30 of Newcastle’s 31 Premier League games with his lung-busting stamina and speed on the ball necessities in Newcastle’s counter-attacking style under Bruce.
But the Paraguay international’s return in front of goal has been below par. Whether he is playing as a winger or behind the striker, Almiron has only managed two goals and two assists in those 30 Premier League games.
Yes, he has netted four times in five FA Cup games – but he has failed to mirror such form in the Premier League. Wednesday night’s showing against Villa was another example, as he missed a glorious chance in the second half.
Played in by Danny Rose, who was excellent at left-back, Almiron took a touch instead of shooting first time from six yards out. He slipped, with his scuffed effort hitting Tyrone Mings and going out for a corner.
It was a below-par display from Almiron, with Newcastle scoring through substitute Dwight Gayle – only for Ahmed Elmohamady to equalise. Newcastle supporters reacted in frustrated mood at Almiron’s display on Twitter.
Almiron should of got the 2nd when we were 1 – 0 up that close to goal. Thought we played well last night. #NUFC
— Danny (@danny5590) June 25, 2020
Andy Carroll did more in 1 minute than Almiron did all game #nufc
— Andrew (@Fartgoggles) June 24, 2020
Almiron needs to lift his game. I think he's been poor these last 2 games, #NUFC
— Paul (@paul_DCAFC) June 24, 2020
Almiron has been absent both games so far. Definitely could do with more work. #nufc
— PW (@PeteOfTheNorth) June 24, 2020
Almiron really needs to step it up in front of goal #nufc
— Andreas Martins ?️??️?☠️ (@amth0) June 24, 2020
Almiron man… One touch too many EVERY time #nufc
— Mike (@MichaelLee_94) June 24, 2020