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Sean Longstaff hails Miguel Almiron's pre-season form for Newcastle

Miguel Almiron is one Newcastle United player who is fighting for his place this season, and Sean Longstaff has certainly been impressed with the Paraguayan.

Miggy is one of three Magpies competing to be Eddie Howe’s right winger. At the moment, it’s a straight fight between him, Ryan Fraser and Jacob Murphy.

And this is before a new face arrives. Newcastle have been heavily linked with signing a new right winger, with Allan Saint-Maximin the only guaranteed starter out wide.

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Eddie Howe is looking to add more quality to his squad, and the recruitment team have targeted some big names. Moussa Diaby would have been a sensational signing, while the latest target Harvey Barnes would be a great buy.

For now, Howe’s current players are doing their best to impress, and one certainly stands out for Longstaff.

What Longstaff said on Almiron

The Geordie midfielder spoke to NUFC TV ahead of the game against Benfica, and was asked about how the preparations are going for the new season.

“It’s been really, really good,” he said.

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“There’s been a lot of people – Miggy has been on fire, Willy is scoring goals, Wils got one – Maxi, Matty, Murph. Everyone is chipping in and scoring goals. Bruno as well. It’s been really good so far.”

Important summer for Miggy

Statistically, Almiron has been the standout performer for Newcastle this summer. He’s bagged four goals so far, scoring braces against Gateshead and Burnley. And he’s also provided two assists.

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Six goal contributions is a good tally for the 28-year-old, especially considering how suspect his end product has been in a Toon shirt. Last season he only scored one goal and didn’t get a single assist. However, his one and only goal was arguably the best scored by a Newcastle player last season.

But pre-season suggests this could be a breakout year for Almiron. Now he needs to do it against stronger opposition. That is the real test.

As it stands, he should be starting for Newcastle on the opening day of the new season. And the more he continues to perform, the less inclined Howe will be to splash out on a replacement for the £21million man.

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