Late last year, Miguel Almiron’s agent, Daniel Campos, made some inflammatory comments while the midfielder was away on international duty with Paraguay. Campos indicated that if it wasn’t for the coronavirus Almiron would no longer be at Newcastle. He also hinted at a potential move this summer.
After some backlash, the agent walked back the comments somewhat a few days later. During his next press conference, Steve Bruce labeled Campos as a ‘two-bob amateur’ trying to make ‘a fast buck.’ However, he laid none of the blame on Almiron, emphatically stating that Miguel was a joy to work with.
The controversy has died down since then as Almiron, who was in and out of the team at the time, has cemented his place in Newcastle’s first team over the past few months. The 27-year-old has only not started 2 of our last 16 matches, and that was due to the knee injury he suffered against Wolves.
Almiron has given an expansive interview with Sky Sports in which he expresses his commitment to Newcastle numerous times. He also addressed the controversy surrounding his agent as he said the following:
“What I was speaking about has been wrongly interpreted. At no point was I suggesting I wanted to play for another team.
“As I’ve been saying, I’m very happy in Newcastle and all I’m thinking about is helping the team achieve its goals of improving.”
Miguel went on to state that he was ‘extremely happy’ at Newcastle a couple of other times during the interview. Miguel also said the following about not being able to play in front of the Magpie faithful this season:
“I’ve missed playing in front of the fans tremendously. Hopefully, with a bit of luck, they can return in some capacity for our final home game [against Sheffield United]. I’m not sure if this will 100 per cent happen but it would be amazing to have them back inside the ground as soon as possible.
After putting in some Man of the Match type performances as a false nine in the diamond formation, Miguel has dropped deeper in the midfield over the past four matches. This role does not suit him but he’s continued to battle for the team.
As for this summer, there’s likely to be speculation about Almiron’s future once again. However, he’s tied down for another three years so it’ll take a hefty fee to pry him away. For now, Almiron is only focused on the rest of this campaign:
“In the short term, the focus is fully on keeping Newcastle in the Premier League and finishing the season well. We want to reach as high as we can in the league and right now, I’m not looking too far beyond this.”