Miguel Almiron won’t feature for Paraguay tomorrow when they take on Bolivia in their next 2022 World Cup qualifier. The midfielder was outstanding in Paraguay’s 1-1 draw at Argentina last week before receiving a late yellow card that made him ineligible for Tuesday’s match.
Almiron has started the last three matches for Newcastle in a deeper midfield role as Steve Bruce experimented with a 5-3-1-1 formation. With him not playing tomorrow, he should be fresh for Saturday’s match against Chelsea.
There are some interesting comments coming out of Paraguay from Miguel’s agent Daniel Campos. The agent told a Paraguayan radio station that Atletico Madrid was interested in Almiron, though a bid was never made. He also stated that but for Covid-19, Miguel would be plying his trade elsewhere.
Here are the comments as published in The Chronicle:
“Miguel Almirón was being observed by Atletico Madrid but no offer was made. When everything returns to normal, Miguel will take a leap in quality.
“Miguel’s work rate at Newcastle and Paraguay has been great. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, he would’ve been elsewhere. Perhaps he would like to play on a team that has a lot of possession. Maybe in June, he’ll make that jump.”
While these comments seem explosive, there’s been no offers for Almiron just yet. When he signed with Newcastle in January of 2019, he signed a five-and-a-half year deal so there’ll still be three years left on the contract next summer.
Miggy has been the consummate professional at Newcastle. Despite undergoing a rough patch last season before bagging his first goal, he’s always had the right attitude.
There could be some frustration on Miguel’s part with the playing style under Bruce. That’s definitely understandable as it’s been a ‘work in progress’ since Bruce took the helm.
However, he’s very popular with his teammates, and Bruce has raved about coaching him. We don’t see him pushing for a move. However, if an offer does come in that suits both him and the club, that could a different story.