Former Newcastle United midfielder Rob Lee wants to see more from Miguel Almiron. Lee, who played during some exciting times under Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson, thinks its time for Miguel to start to contribute more in the final third.
Rob Lee bagged close to 40 goals for the club he spent nearly a decade at. While he was surrounded by a lot more attacking prowess than currently resides at Newcastle, Rob feels that Miguel needs to become a creative outlet for this club.
Lee is impressed with Miguel’s work-rate and commitment; however, it is his production in the final third that has been lacking in his game so far.
Miguel Almiron– so close yet so far
Rob Lee has spoken to the Chronicle about our rambunctious midfielder and this is some of what he had to say:
“Almiron must start creating chances because he has been here long enough now. He runs around and he is very enthusiastic but we need an end product from him.
“Once we get that, it will certainly help Joelinton, for instance, to find the back of the net and get the goals that will allow us to win enough matches.
“I love his enthusiasm, he runs around like a schoolboy, but for £20m we need end product.
“He needs to maybe slow down a bit and score a few goals. He hasn’t scored or assisted a goal since arriving at the club. I expect more now because he’s had his time to adjust. It’s maybe a bit harsh, but that’s my view.
“I want him to be more composed when he has to pick someone out. He just seems to be doing everything one hundred miles an hour. Sometimes he has to just show a bit more composure in certain areas. There is no doubt he is talented, but we haven’t seen the best of him yet.”
We concur with what Rob has said that Almiron is lacking composure in those high stake moments when poise is required. We don’t think that Miguel’s game is completely devoid of such acuity but we do sense that his eagerness gets the best of him sometimes.
Almiron was able to score yesterday for Paraguay in their friendly at Jordan. That was his first goal for his country. Maybe getting off the mark for his country can help spur him on for Newcastle.
However, he’s not due to return from international duty until Thursday at the earliest so is missing some crucial preparation time for the Liverpool match. It remains to be seen if he can take the high of scoring for his country straight into the weekend at Liverpool.