Report: Newcastle ace with 'more dives than goals' expected to stay for next season
Miguel Almiron is expected to stay at Newcastle United after he was linked with an exit, according to The Athletic.
During comments made back in April, the South American was reported as having said he wants to play for a club who ‘fights more’. However, the 27-year-old came out and claimed the comments had been misinterpreted.
He’s also previously claimed he’s ‘very happy‘ at Newcastle.
Almiron endured a tough season with the Geordies last season, scoring four times and assisting just three times.
He’s been called into question for his inconsistency during his time at the club. Chris Sutton once sensationally claimed the ace ‘has more dives than goals’ for the northeast club.
All parties expect the Paraguay international to be back at St James’ Park for next season.
TBR View: Form of Almiron must pick up after stay at Newcastle is confirmed
The form of Almiron must pick up after his stay at Newcastle was confirmed.
Just 13 goals and five assists since his move in 2019 is a poor return from the winger, who had lit up arenas across the Atlantic. Almiron managed 22 goals and 21 assists as he lifted the MLS Cup title in just his second season.
However, despite his struggles, there have been flashes of quality from the winger. He may not contribute attacking returns, but, his energy and enthusiasm is second to none.
Paraguayan football writer Robert Rojas had previously hit out at Steve Bruce over his use of the player. The 60-year-old claimed the ace wasn’t a number 10 or out-and-out centre-forward, claims disputed by the journalist.
Whether Bruce has played the player out of position or not, Almiron’s performances must improve.
His lack of consistency since his arrival on Tyneside has been incredibly worrying. It begs a question over whether the ace has been worth the then-club record £20m fee.