Miguel Almiron still hasn’t scored a goal for Newcastle.
The Paraguayan arrived in January from Atlanta United, and quickly won fans over with his exhilarating dribbling and pace. But the only thing missing form his game is goals and assists.
The longer he goes without opening his account, the more the pressure rises, but Almiron doesn’t sound concerned.
“I’m quite relaxed about it,” he told the club’s official website.
“The main thing is that I’m performing well and providing opportunities for other players, and I’m bringing things to the side other than just goals.
“I’ve never been a massive goalscorer, but I’m confident that the goal will come.”
For the sake of Newcastle, he needs to get off the mark soon. Out of any Newcastle player right now, he’s the one that fans will turn to for a moment of inspiration.
Against Arsenal, there were moments where he nearly provided that spark. He gets fans excited with his obscene pace, but that needs to start resulting in goals and assists.
There was a moment in the second half on Sunday where he dribbled past a couple of players, then rather than pick an easy pass out wide, went for something more difficult and failed. There was a slight groan; the first hint that Almiron isn’t going to get a free pass if things don’t go his way.
The 25-year-old’s next chance to break his goalscoring duck will be on Saturday against Norwich.
The Canaries showed on the opening day that they’re weak in defence, which should give Almiron a great chance to score his first goal, or be the provider for one of his teammates.
Once he gets that first goal, Almiron will be flying. Hopefully it comes on Saturday.