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Rafa Benitez Gives Short Shrift To This Potential Problem

There were some comments from pundits and fans alike after the game at Arsenal on Monday night that Ritchie didn’t seem to be passing to Miguel Almiron.

But Rafa has given that short shrift and says that Ritchie likes playing with Almiron.

Almiron has certainly given us a threatening presence down that left wing and he often uses his speed to try to reach the byeline.

Miguel will be learning a lot this season but once he has a full season at Newcastle we expect him to be a lot better next term.

He’s certainly got the right character and temperament – not to mention his terrific skills – to become a great player for Newcastle United.

Miguel Almiron and Matt Ritchie in action last Monday night

This is what Rafa said yesterday during one of his press conferences:

“No, it’s OK, because for Ritchie, it’s a great advantage to have Miguel around, because he’s always giving a solution,” s

“He sprints so many times that Ritchie always has a solution, and you can see in the training sessions.”

“He’s always happy when Almiron is on his side because he can play with him every time.”

“I think he’s fine,” “He’s giving us something that we didn’t have. “I was really pleased with Christian Atsu. “

“You could see Atsu training, and he’s really good in a lot of training sessions.”

“But maybe Miguel Almiron is giving us something a little bit more, more sprints, more determination, more options going forward different to Atsu.”

“In the end, it was fine because the understanding with Ayoze and Rondon has been so good, the team has a different alternative that we didn’t have before.”

Today could be the day that Newcastle fans take an enormous sigh of relief if we can win this game against Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park.

For the second season running Newcastle have had a very poor stretch of results – this season it was getting only three draws from our first ten games.


But a win this afternoon would put us 10 points ahead of 3rd bottom Cardiff City with a much better goal difference.

And Cardiff have only six games still left to play.

It would also be six home wins on the trot for Newcastle – not too bad at all.

Yes – if we win today we can celebrate – we’ll make it official.


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2 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 6, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Barring the Bournemouth equaliser, do think Matt Ritchie has had a poor run of form. If he has a poor game today, do think it’s time to try either dummet at lwb or give barrecca a start and see what he can do for us.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 6, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    I noticed that Ritchie ignored Almirón’s runs in his second game for us. He’s been doing it since. It was more evident in our last game. Clearly there is an issue there, whether Ritchie wants to admit it or not is another matter. I think it’s an ego thing as I think Ritchie wants to be the main provider and not let Almirón take all the plaudits- which is frankly very childish and detrimental to our success on the pitch. I really hope that is not the case and passes the ball to him regularly today.


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