Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron did find it difficult at times in the 2-2 draw away to Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Magpies managed to earn a late point away from home thanks to a stunning goal from Matt Ritchie against his former club.
Before that Joshua King had scored two goals either side of a Salomon Rondon free-kick for Rafael Benitez’s team.
There are a lot of eyes fixed on Almiron to perform well after he became Newcastle’s record signing when he joined for £20million (BBC) back in January from the MLS.
He’s still waiting for his first goal after six appearances for the North East club and Merson ran the rule over his latest display against Bournemouth.
“He (Almiron) didn’t have the game like when I [first] saw him definitely not. It was hard today, it was windy,” Merson said on Sky Sports programme Gillette Soccer Saturday (5:25pm).
“It was a bit of a difficult game for him. At times he played well, other times he went missing. He did things in the game where you still think he is a threat.”
Merson’s hit the nail on the head when reviewing Almiron’s performance, as it mainly consisted of flashes of brilliance without any end real product.
The 25-year-old has excited Newcastle fans following his arrival and the speed demon does look an effective part of a new-look front three.
But the wide man needs to try get his first goal for the club quickly and that should act as a catalyst for him.
Almiron did win the free-kick that Rondon scored from after some nice play and for now he’s certainly still got supporters right behind him to succeed in English football.