Miguel Almiron has had a pre-season to remember for Newcastle, and he’s admitted he is feeling a lot more confident.
Having initially struggled after Eddie Howe’s arrival, the Paraguayan is now back in favour and could be on the brink of his best season yet in the Premier League.
He’s been Newcastle’s undisputed star ahead of the new season, scoring six goals in friendly action. His standout performance was away against Benfica, where he bagged a wonderful brace. Both goals were setup by Kieran Trippier, who was particularly happy for his teammate.
Almiron feels nailed on to start against Nottingham Forest on Saturday given his form, and has spoke about what’s changed for him at St James’ Park.
Confidence is growing for Miguel Almiron
Miggy was on the front cover of the programme for last weekend’s friendly double header, and it included an interview with the £21million man.
That interview has now been released on the club’s official website, where Almiron discussed his upturn in fortunes.
“More than anything, really, I feel a lot more confident,” he said.
“The manager has shown more faith in me too. I’m playing more on the right-hand side too, and I felt a lot more comfortable in that area of the pitch where I played in the last few games towards the end of last season.
“I was getting forward a lot more. Obviously, I still need to keep working hard on my goalscoring and providing more assists, but I’m always working hard in every training session so I can ensure that can improve on a day-to-day basis.
“But if there has been a change, and for the better, it would be that I’m feeling more confident going into games, as well as feeling a lot stronger too, and that’s very important.”
Important season for Almiron at Newcastle
Earlier in the year, there was speculation that Almiron could be sold. That’s unimaginable now, given how he played at the end of last season and his recent form.
There is talk of attacking reinforcements coming to St James’ Park. However, Miggy’s recent surge will slightly reduce the desperation for a new winger.
He finally looks like the player we thought we had signed in 2019, having massively regressed after Rafa Benitez was replaced by Steve Bruce.
Almiron looked lost and aimless, but is now revitalised. He appears to be developing a good understanding with Trippier. Meanwhile we saw great chemistry between him and Bruno Guimaraes last season.
Howe has improved so many players since he became Newcastle manager, and Almiron looks like the latest benefactor. The 28-year-old believes he is stronger, and he is back to playing with a smile on his face.
That’s the most important thing for Almiron, who is a massive confidence player. The confidence is back, and now he needs to take it into the new Premier League season.