Miguel Almiron never publicly hinted that his lack of goals for Newcastle United were troubling him. In numerous interviews, the 25-year-old declared that he was only thinking of helping the team and not concerned that he had yet to score for his new club. He maintained that the goals will eventually come.
Well, on Saturday at St James Park, the first one came and in dramatic fashion. Miguel bagged the game-winner against the run of play when Newcastle looked to be holding on for a single point.
Miguel’s debut strike was an excellent culmination of teamwork. Fabian Schar launched a lethal cross after working out a one-two with Javier Manquillo on a deep throw-in. Then Andy Carroll zeroed in on the ball, won the header, and perfectly placed it to Miguel, who had found space in the box.
The Paraguayan contorted himself slightly to volley the ball past Vicente Guaita, who could only get his fingertips on the blast. Then came the burst of emotion and passion from Almiron, his teammates, and the crowd at St James Park.
Like an overfull balloon letting it’s air out, Miguel burst to the sidelines throwing his jersey in ecstacy. Even hugging a child on the sidelines. It was another moving moment at St James Park.
— Fede Fernandez (@pajarofernandez) December 22, 2019
The Shields Gazette have published what Almiron said to Bruce after the game. It reveals a player in relief at finally getting the stigma of not scoring a goal for Newcastle off his back:
“I was delighted for him. He said in his broken English ‘thank f**k for that’, something like that. I crushed him, I think. It was something like that. I replied with ‘f*****g great, you’re not wrong!’.”
Steve Bruce was as thrilled anyone for the player he has raved about. Almiron is such a willing player who’ll do anything for this team. We are so glad he finally got his goal.