Early last season, when Miguel Almiron was away on international duty with Paraguay, his agent Daniel Campos stirred up a hornet’s nest with comments he made to the Paraguayan press. The agent hinted that Almiron was primed for a big move at the end of the season.
Here is a refresher on those comments from last November:
“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.”
The comments came up during then NUFC head coach Steve Bruce’s press conference that week. Bruce gave one of his more memorable responses in saying:
“The agent is an amateur who is looking to make a fast buck. I couldn’t miss them because they were that outrageous.
“It’s a two bob agent and it was amateurish It’s hugely disrespectful to his client.
“Had it been Miguel Almiron coming to see me that is different.”
Fast forward to this week and El Gol Digital has a report that La Liga’s Elche has Almiron in their sights for a move this summer. Elche is a yo-yo club of sorts who as recently as 2017 were in the Spanish third division largely due to financial difficulties.
Elche are currently in 15th after narrowly staying up last season by winning their final two fixtures. This is hardly the level of club Campos was referencing just under a year ago. He’s suddenly changed his tune in regards to his client’s future.
Paraguayan journalist Juan Coronel has tweeted the following response from Campos to the Elche link. It translates to: “It is unlikely (going to Elche). We will see if he leaves because he is one of the pillars of the revolution of Newcastle ”
"Es improbable (ida al Elche). Veremos si sale, porque es uno de los pilares de la renovación del #Newcastle".
Daniel Campos, representante de Miguel Almirón. @Universo970py. https://t.co/TBg9n3pXLh pic.twitter.com/7SNfYDGGN4
— Juan Coronel (@juanracoronel) October 27, 2021
Amiron has struggled at Newcastle after showing promising signs under Rafa Benitez. Bruce just never figured out how to get the best out of the 27-year-old. Hopefully, our next manager can turn Miggy into a ‘pillar of the revolution’.