Miguel Almiron struggled for long periods in the early part of his Newcastle career but it seems that all he needed was that first goal to restore his confidence and show exactly why he cost £20m.
He took his first goal for the club against Crystal Palace very well a few weeks ago, and with Allan Saint-Maximin being unavailable through injury he has stepped up to the plate in recent weeks.
A fine goal against Wolves on Saturday, which he took first time on his weaker foot, shows the technical ability he has as well as the awareness to take up clever positions in and around the opposition penalty area.
The goal at Molineux was his second in as many games after scoring against Rochdale previously and that means he is playing a vital role for Steve Bruce, with Newcastle’s strikers still falling short in front of goal.
He didn’t just provide a goal threat against Wolves, however, and in fact, his all-round play was perhaps even more important to securing a point, with his tremendous energy allowing him to play a decisive role in defence and attack.
As per WhoScored, he was heavily involved throughout the match, and may finally be living up to the expectations that came with his hefty price tag.
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Along with his goal, the Paraguay international had two more shots – neither of which came close to scoring – but his involvement should be treated as a positive, as Newcastle have lacked attempts on goal, averaging 10 per league game this term – the second-lowest in the division.
The 25-year-old showed his quality in two other areas primarily, one of which was very unexpected – making five tackles.
He also contributed two interceptions which was vital to reducing the influence of the hosts, and in making five dribbles he also helped to put his side on the foot front.
Not many Newcastle players have such an influence in both departments and if he can maintain this form it may persuade Bruce that he doesn’t need to sign Ademola Lookman. The young winger has been linked with a loan move to St. James’ Park having featured in the Champions League for RB Leipzig this campaign.
With his newly discovered confidence, Almiron is showing how effective he can be and since he is on a good goalscoring run he is likely to maintain that belief. With Saint-Maximin returning to training the Magpies could soon be very dangerous on both flanks.
With Almiron finally finding form, surely they have no reason to bring in Lookman. Newcastle must focus their efforts elsewhere this month.
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