Miguel Almiron put in a performance to remember against Benfica, and has earned big praise from Newcastle teammate Kieran Trippier.
The Magpies were beaten 3-2 in Portugal, but can be very proud of their performance at the Estadio da Luz. 23 different players got minutes in the tank, and there were plenty of encouraging performances for Eddie Howe to digest.
The pick of the bunch was Miguel Almiron, who scored twice in the first half. Both goals were very impressive, and on both occasions he combined with Trippier.
The right-back provided two assists for Miggy, and looks to be building a good understanding with the Paraguayan. He did the same thing with Ryan Fraser last season, getting much more out a player who had previously struggled in a Toon shirt.
Now Trippier is dovetailing well with Almiron, and hailed his £21million teammate last night.
Kieran Trippier on Miguel Almiron
After the game, Trippier spoke to NUFC TV and took time to heap praise on the 28-year-old.
“I’m delighted for Miggy as well, because I feel like he’s worked so hard behind the scenes and he’s had a fantastic pre-season,” he said.
Almiron was one of two players to receive the seal of approval from Trippier. The 31-year-old also spoke highly of Matty Bondswell, who played well in the second half.
They are kind words from Trippier, who went out of his way to talk highly of Almiron. He was initially asked about his own performance.
Hard work paying off for Almiron
It’s encouraging to hear about Almiron’s hard work ‘behind the scenes’. It could be what effectively saves his Newcastle career.
A few months ago he was being linked with a move away from St James’ Park, having struggled for minutes under Howe. However, an injury to Fraser handed the speedster an opportunity and he hasn’t looked back.
Almiron enjoyed a strong end to the season, and is now performing brilliantly in friendlies. To score six goals and provide two assists is very impressive. His goals last night were excellent, and hopefully a sign of things to come.
The winger has staked his claim to be in Howe’s starting XI, and surely will be at this rate. His pre-season form has been excellent. But the true test will be when competitive football returns.
While he’s well liked, Almiron has sometimes flattered to deceive since joining Newcastle. His end product has left a lot to be desired, providing just one goal contribution during the 2021/22 campaign.
His numbers need to improve this season, and early signs suggest that they will. Almiron’s hard work is paying off, and he deserves all the praise coming his way.