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Miguel Almiron is yet to break his Newcastle duck but it would seem that his lack of luck in front of goal is a problem confined to his football in England.
The 25-year-old was signed in January as a result of his excellent form for Atlanta United in the MLS, for whom he had scored 12 goals and made 13 assists in his last season prior to leaving.
Although the Premier league is a big step up, he would have been hoping for a better return than what he has managed so far, and he has certainly had the chances to get off the mark.
Despite his failures his determination seems unwavering, and time and time again he makes the same runs and shows the same ambition to get onto the end of chances, which can only be a good thing.
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For Paraguay this term, his luck has been considerably better, and he has found the back of the net twice in recent months, including the winner against Bulgaria on Thursday.
That strike should do him the world of good, and the moment of relief he likely felt when scoring could be a pivotal moment in his season, but it is vital he can take as much confidence from that finish as possible and carries it into his club form.
Steve Bruce should also take note as Almiron was deployed on the left side of midfield for his country, as the goal came about due to the chance falling on his favoured left foot, whereas for the Magpies he often has the work the ball onto his stronger foot, which means it is less natural.
It is little surprise, therefore, that he has missed so many chances for Toon, and with Allan Saint-Maximin likely to show the same consistency on the right – due to his effective dribbling ability – switching up the wingers is something Bruce should consider.
Regardless, the goal should be a huge boost for Almiron, and if he can grow in confidence he should begin to display the same level of quality for Newcastle, and finally get off the mark.