Miguel Almiron has done it again for Newcastle United, and Gary Lineker has paid tribute to Eddie Howe for the forward’s transformation.
October was a month to remember for Miggy. He scored six goals, including top class strikes against Fulham, Everton and Aston Villa. His performances won him the club’s player of the month award, and he has since been nominated for the Premier League award too.
Now it’s November, but there is still no stopping the Paraguayan.
Almiron started on the right once again for Newcastle on Sunday, and gave his side the lead away to Southampton. It was another brilliant goal, and epitomised the confidence the 28-year-old has.
He was aided by some woeful Saints defending, but showed real composure to find the net. Almiron could have passed to his teammate Jacob Murphy, but backed his ability to find the bottom corner.
It was the right decision, and Almiron now has eight Premier League goals this season. He is one of the division’s top scorers, and he has now doubled his previous best tally in English football’s top flight.
The transformation of Almiron has been sensational, and Lineker has had his say on Newcastle’s number 24.
Lineker on Almiron’s goal vs Southampton
Following Almiron’s first half goal at St Mary’s, Match of the Day host Lineker has taken to Twitter.
He wrote: “Another lovely goal from Almiron. Looks a completely different footballer under Eddie Howe.”
Lineker is spot on. The way Howe has morphed Almiron into a goalscoring machine is quite remarkable. As Lineker writes, he is now a completely different player.
During the summer the club were trying to sign a right-sided forward, meaning Almiron’s place in the side was in jeopardy. That didn’t happen – and it’s a good job too!
If Dan Ashworth had signed a winger, perhaps we wouldn’t be witnessing this amazing purple patch from the £21million man.
But he has stepped up in a big way, and scored some huge goals this season. We probably wouldn’t be doing as well as we are without his heroics.
And Howe deserves a huge slice of the credit. He and his coaching staff have worked wonders with Almiron, and are getting him into more dangerous positions on a regular basis.
Long may this run continue.