The loss of Ayoze Perez is another severe blow to an already deflated Newcastle United. And while Miguel Almiron has lost two of his amigos, he might actually be able to benefit from the Spaniard’s move to Leicester.
Sure, things are pretty bleak right now. It’s hard to be positive about anything Newcastle related. But let’s at least have a go.
When Almiron became the Magpies’ most expensive player ever, there was such hysteria. And the little Paraguayan certainly made an impact before his season was cut short due to injury.
His explosive pace and vision changed the way Newcastle play, linking up brilliantly with Salomon Rondon and Perez. The latter’s form improved massively once Almiron became a Magpie.
But Perez’s exit could create an opportunity for the former MLS superstar.
Almiron could be central to Newcastle success without Perez
Before a change in formation, Ayoze was always used in the ‘number 10’ role, operating behind the striker. When Rafa Benitez changed the system, Perez was slightly shifted to the right, but wouldn’t keep too much width.
As for Almiron, he was deployed on the opposite side, often seen flying down the flank and hugging the touchline.
But now that Perez is gone and a new manager is on the way, the way we play could change massively. And Almiron could become the focal point of the team.
The one criticism last season was that Almiron couldn’t get on the scoresheet or add assists to his impressive game. That will quickly change, and his stats could rise dramatically if he starts to play more centrally.
A move inside will see the 25-year-old get more of the ball in much more dangerous areas, and could see him become a real force in the Premier League.
Perez’s exit is tough to take, but it could allow us to see even more from Almiron this season.