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.
— Fútbol Guaraní (@guarani_futbol) September 10, 2019
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.
Miguel Almirón was SO close to his first Newcastle goal! pic.twitter.com/KpFgoG2B7L
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 23, 2019