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Former Tottenham Director Likens Newcastle Winger To Gareth Bale


A lot has been made of Miguel Almiron’s goal drought since joining Newcastle last January. While he was not brought in with the expectation of being a primary goal scorer, it was thought that he would have contributed at least one by now.

Steve Bruce has seemingly trudged out the same comments on the Paraguayan’s lack of prowess in front of net every week this season.

This is what Steve Bruce said in September during the first international break about Almiron:

“First time I saw him I thought ‘wow, what a good player he is. I think he feels he’s had a few chances. Last week, he had two great opportunities (in the 1-1 draw against Watford), but didn’t take them.

“But you cannot but admire the way he plays. However, I think he’s aware, and everyone else is aware, that he’s got to score a goal. He’s in an important position for us, so I think it will come. I really do.”

Miguel Almiron– a familiar sight

There was some hope during the last international break that Miguel would gain some confidence after scoring his first goal for Paraguay in a 2-4 win at Jordan.

However, here we are at the dawn of the second international break and Miguel still has no goals for his club. He also has displayed little to no increase in confidence when provided chances.

Almiron and Paraguay face Serbia this afternoon in the first of two friendlies against Eastern European nations. Paraguay will also face Martin Dubravka and Slovakia on Sunday. Maybe Miguel can find the back of the net in one of these two games and that can be the spark for him to start scoring for Newcastle.

The consensus seems to be that Miguel just needs to get that first goal out of the way and then he will start scoring regularly for Newcastle.

The Mirror have published some comments made by Atlanta United president Darren Eales on Almiron’s goalless plight at Newcastle. Eales recalls that Miguel had similar troubles each time he has made the jump to superior competition. This is what the former Tottenham director said about Almiron:

“It took Miggy a little bit of time to find his feet when he made the move from Paraguay to the Argentinian league and the same with us in our first MLS season.

“He was unbelievable but he missed a few chances. He went eight games without scoring and had not scored at home and you could feel it getting pent up a little bit.

“Then he scored a hat-trick against Houston where everything he hit went in. He got that hat-trick and the floodgates then opened. You see his glimpses of his ability. He showed it in the summer with Paraguay at the Copa America

“His pace with the ball is incredible. I always likened it to Gareth Bale from my time at Spurs – he always seems quicker when he has got the ball than without the ball. It is about confidence.

“I just hope he can get that first goal and then they will come in waves.”

We also hope that Miguel gets his first goal soon and we’ll take the waves of goals along with it. We’ll also take Miguel progressing into a Gareth Bale type figure for Newcastle.

It’s important to note though that Almiron scored a brace in his second game for Atlanta in a 1-6 Atlanta win at Minnesota United. It was then that he went on an eight game goalless streak. So it is not exactly a like for like comparison with Newcastle where Miguel has gone 18 games without a goal.

However, Miguel is getting in the right positions and he works so hard for the team. It’s just that his lack of goals and assists is such glaring hole at the moment.

He has come so close on many occasions. None closer than the chip against Huddersfield less than a month into his Newcastle career. If only that one had found its way into the back of the net.


49 comments so far

  • NY Mag

    Oct 10, 2019 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Carltoon,

    Now,now – don’t call people names (even if it’s deserved)…..

    2
  • NY Mag

    Oct 10, 2019 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Genji,

    To answer your question from earlier…..the “club” did not receive any payments for the sale of the strawberry place land.
    That’s because, the “club” relinquished control of that land in 2003.

    4
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 10, 2019 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #3

    I think while the club owes Mike Ashley £100m+ we are very unlikely to be sold, and if we go down next season the loan will go back up which will increase the asking price and bind us to Ashley forever. Our only hope to pay that loan is to stumble upon a youth who we can sell for £100m+, pay the debt, reduce the asking price and get it over with. If Ashley wants that money back the only way he’ll get it is through having a great academy or the world’s best scouts or by employing one of the world’s best managers who can over achieve each year. The current strategy of cheap manager, so-so scouts and cheap academy is unlikely to bear much fruit. Mind you, Shepherd managed to sell with a £100m debt which was probably twice what the club made in a year back then so there’s hope.

    4
  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 10, 2019 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Almiron to bale? Must be joking.

    3
  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2019 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #5

    IrishRob

    It really does say a lot about Bettysbollocks and the other Boris jackets when you’ve had to explain that captalisation and capitalism are different. They get ‘their’ opinions from targeted social media or pillars of unbiased reporting such as the Daily Heil. Understanding isn’t expected but the ability to repeat short phrases parrot-like is the norm.

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #6

    I can’t get my head around why Munster defends the likes of Pardew and Bruce yet saw it as his right to slate the best manager we’ve had in a generation on a weekly basis. If he can’t or won’t explain I’d like anyone else’s thoughts on why.

    11
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 10, 2019 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail

    Could be worse, you could be Munster, he struggles to get his head around anything.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #8

    On a separate note, anybody living in the uk and who likes the cinema I thought I’d share this. Someone at work told me if you want the meerkat 2for1 offer just buy the cheapest insurance and that works. I did £3.30 for a nights insurance in Derbyshire next week. Gets you a years membership 😀

    2
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 10, 2019 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #9

    What you going to see jail

    1
  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 10, 2019 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #10

    ilovetoon8788 @4

    Because he is not Welsh?!!

    0
  • Genjikai

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #11

    NY Mag

    Oct 10, 2019 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Genji,

    To answer your question from earlier…..the “club” did not receive any payments for the sale of the strawberry place land.
    That’s because, the “club” relinquished control of that land in 2003.

    No not all of it where the new buildings are phase one as it was know. The club back then had planning for a casino/hotel. However the land that’s still there now was set aside for the gallowgate extension.

    The club had a mortgage for the level 7 (debt) with Barclays. Barclays refused to loan Hall/Shep. Anymore until it was paid. Sir john hall decided to sell his shares as he said the club needed a billionaire to come in. Someone with the funds to pay for the extension etc.
    Ashley had promised to do this and the new gallowgate
    Extension was due to be complete 2015.
    Instead he sold the land to himself and never paid for it.

    18
  • Genjikai

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Original plans to develop a hotel, retail, and housing complex in the shadow of St James’ Park collapsed in August 2015 after Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley decided to develop the land for himself.

    17
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #13

    OP,
    The Joker, next week, it’s meant to be seriously good.

    1
  • Genjikai

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Plans for this were passed back in 1997. But they couldn’t get the funding for it.
    In 2007 Ashley on buying the club said that he would develop the ground. 2009 he moved the land to one of his other companies claiming that they would handle the development side. And the the extension would be finished by 2014/15
    Then he blamed relegation on delays

    9
  • Genjikai

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Regardless the Strawberry land lease was owned by the Club up until 2009

    9
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Genjikai,
    SJH mustn’t be squeaky clean in all this as he hasn’t said much about Ashley at all, he should be slaughtering him.

    6
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail

    I’ve heard mixed reviews.

    Ive read Gary Glitter will get royalties due to a track of his being on the soundtrack, nuts.

    1
  • Genjikai

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail
    Must be just standard business practice.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #19

    OP,
    Strange choice of music that mind.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Just reading OP, aye, very mixed reviews, I just went off the people who had put it on FB the other day.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #21

    The next Mike Williamson,
    If we did sell a couple of youngsters for X amount it is paid over five or six years and somehow disappears in to running costs.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Bale like Miggy? Wtf is this guy on?

    2
  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Miggy in action tonight at 19.45 (UK) in central Serbia
    at the Mladost Stadium (Krusevac)
    The friendly should see Almiron against NUFC old boy Mitro

    0
  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #24

    The comparison twixt Miggy and big Gareth isn’t so far – fetched
    The Welshman spent a couple of seasons at Sperz running around
    like an extremely fast headless chicken.

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail without wishing to open a debate ( and then be accused of rafa hate ) the essential issue is that rafa deserved criticism occasionally, just like any manager, but you wudnt allow it. Thats the issue and you still cant address it properly. Re SB , as the current incumbent he needs to be given a chance. He isnt great, but given that we wont replace him with someone better, there is no point hanging him, although for some of the games he deserved it.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #26

    Munster,
    There was not a hope in hells chance of replacing Rafa with anyone even near his level never mind someone better yet you wanted him hung regularly.

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  • RobLeenio

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #27

    Jail, it’s called ‘joker’for reasons that will become obvious. Many critics have a political agenda so don’t pay them much heed, it’s the best film I’ve seen this year and possibly in my top ten of all time. Not an easy watch, very disturbing, but extremely good. Joaquin Phoenix should get the best actor Oscar, but he won’t cos it’s a superhero film.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Thank you Robleenio, we shall look forward to it.

    1
  • martoon

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #29

    lesh & IrishRob – Betty’s comment on Capitalism was a joke – a play on words – do you understand now?

    Jail @8 – I think Martin Lewis has highlighted that trick in the past – but actually all Vue cinemas are charging only £5 for any film at the moment so it’s hardly worth it unless you go quite often.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Rafa, hung?? Only in your weird world jail. I wanted him to stay and create a Leicester style counter attacking team with a bit more possession.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #31

    martoon,
    That’s just for a Tuesday though, meerkat gives you Tues, Wednesday and meals, so well worth the £3.30 I paid for my insurance last night.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #32

    Munster,
    I slate Bruce because I want rid of him, there was nothing constructive about your criticism of our former manager, you clearly wanted to build a head of steam where there were hundreds of people levelling the same amount of gripes, when you have that it is only heading one way for a manager.

    7
  • IrishRob

    Oct 10, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #33

    Seriously, who’s consensus is it that the floodgates are gonna open when He gets his first goal, because anyone who thinks Miggy is gonna start banging in goals once he gets his first one, is very naive.

    4
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 10, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Irishrob

    Who thought Salah would score 50 in a season after he flopped at Chelsea.

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Oct 10, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #35

    “Whose”.

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Oct 10, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #36

    IrishRob, I don’t think anyone expects Miggy to be scoring 20 goals a season, but I think we all hope he can chip in with between 5-10, which is a decent return from a winger, with a similar number of assists or contributions which lead to a goal. I’d suggest that the pass up to ASM from our defensive third on Sunday was one such contribution, a truly excellent piece of skill.

    The fact is that he doesn’t look like scoring at all at the moment. He could do with one deflecting in off his backside or a scruffy headed chance going in off his shoulder. Something, anything to raise his confidence.

    Will that mean we can rely on him to score the goals we need to keep us up? Not at all. However, if he is contributing the odd one here and there, that will take the pressure off the other players.

    4
  • martoon

    Oct 10, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Against Man U Miggy was terrifying their defenders with his runs and he was drawing defenders to him when had the ball and he does seem to be learning when to pass the ball better which leaves other players free – you maybe don’t appreciate this watching on TV and it certainly is not reflected in his stats.

    4
  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2019 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #38

    Once Miggy learns that he won’t get abuse for a first time
    effort that misses he’ll do OK
    When ASM stormed their pen area in the first minute and
    rolled the ball to Miggy
    Almiron took an extra touch when everyone was screaming shoot!!!!!!

    3
  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #39

    There’s only one player leaving Europe this break
    Yedders is playing in Washington DC and Toronto

    2
  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #40

    Martoon

    Of course Bettys’ capitalisation/ capitalism comment was a joke – he does throw in the odd tongue in cheek comment from time to time. They’re not lost on me.

    However, you may l noticed I was picking up on IrishRob’s comment and from there referring to the vox-pop comments that are becoming more apparent and in many cases parroted as a matter of course. Linguists have identified this as language conditioned by the media.

    Anyway, enough.

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