Miguel Almiron has had a curious career with Newcastle United.
He arrived as a club record signing, but could leave this summer without much fanfare. The 28-year-old could reportedly be made available for a transfer away from St James’ Park.
Before Friday night, the thought of Almiron leaving the club wasn’t a big concern. He regressed under Steve Bruce, while Eddie Howe has often favoured other players ahead of him.
But when Ryan Fraser limped off with an injury, an unlikely opportunity came Almiron’s way. He was picked to come on by Howe ahead of Jacob Murphy and Matt Ritchie, and justified the manager’s faith in him.
Miggy was excellent in the 1-0 win over Wolves, producing his best display since Howe’s arrival. And it’s a performance that could give the Paraguayan a chance to save his Newcastle career.
Ryan Fraser injury could inadvertently help Miguel Almiron
It was a real blow to see Fraser forced off in the 13th minute. After the game, Howe confirmed it was a hamstring injury. However, it remains unclear how long he will be out of action for.
While Howe will be disappointed if he loses Fraser for a period of time, the blow will be softened by Almiron’s performance.
He was a real threat on Friday night, with his pace in behind causing Wolves plenty of problems. He linked up with Bruno Guimaraes too, who was the real star of the show.
Almiron’s performance against Wolves could win him a sustained spell in Howe’s starting XI. He did well, but now he needs to do it on a consistent basis.
If he can do that between now and the end of the season, he might be able to save his Toon career after all.