Paul Merson has raved about the work-rate of Newcastle United attacker Miguel Almiron.
The right-winger has quickly become a fan favourite during his first year at St James’ Park, after joining the Magpies for £20million (BBC) in January 2019.
He’s been an ever-present in Steve Bruce’s starting line ups and is someone with electric pace.
The Paraguay international has four goals in 29 games across all competition this season, but offers a lot to the side with his threat on the counter and also the defensive cover he gives his full-backs too.
Merson has suggested that Almiron may be unrivalled when it comes to sheer work-rate and claims some of his Newcastle teammates need to try mirror him.
“What stood out for me was the attitude of Miguel Almiron [against Arsenal]. He may not be the best footballer around but I’m struggling to think of anyone who works quite as hard as him,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“Almiron gives every last drop for the cause and that’s why the fans love him. Newcastle could do with one or two of his teammates taking a leaf out of the Paraguyan’s book.”
Almiron is an intriguing player at Newcastle that is adored by supporters, but he needs to try add more consistency to his final delivery if he wants to really become an elite player.
The 26-year-old has all the tools to hurt defenders in the Premier League and Newcastle look dangerous when they have him and teammate Allan Saint-Maximin in wide areas.
Bruce’s side are seven points above the relegation places in the league table and should beat the drop, but they need to try find more in the final third.