Miguel Almiron is yet to score his first Newcastle United goal. Despite his efforts, he just can’t find the back of the net.
Fabulous goalkeeping, the woodwork, poor finishing and his own player – there are multiple reasons why he’s yet to get off the mark.
And creatively, his influence seemed to have depleted since Rafa Benitez’s departure. But in recent weeks, the Paraguayan is indirectly fixing Newcastle’s attacking woes.
According to the record books, Almiron has zero assists this season. But when you look back at the wins against Bournemouth and West Ham, the 25-year-old has played a key role in three out of six goals.
Against the Hammers, Miggy won the set pieces that led to our two first half goals. And on Saturday, his brilliant long pass to Allan Saint-Maximin resulted in DeAndre Yedlin getting the equaliser.
While the stats don’t reflect well on Almiron, he’s certainly starting to change his fortunes going forward. Even in the win over Manchester United, his composure and pass kicked off the counterattack for Matty Longstaff’s winner.
If he was more composed in front of goal, he’d be a hell of a player. He’d likely be so good that he wouldn’t even be a Newcastle player.
For all his faults, Almiron is certainly improving in recent weeks. He’s starting to influence games like he did when he arrived almost a year ago. His first Magpies goal isn’t far away…hopefully.