Club reporter launches embarrassing attack on Miguel Almiron – Absolutely pathetic..

Despite Miguel Almiron putting in a decent display during yesterday’s friendly with CSKA, the Sun’s north-east reporter David Coverdale has written a fabricated story claiming he had a ‘nightmare’ and ‘flopped’.

What’s perhaps most embarrassing about Coverdale’s ‘story’ is his attempt to make reader’s believe he was ‘hauled off’ at half-time by Rafa – yet this is complete nonsense given Benitez replaced every player at half time; making 11 changes!

It wasn’t a jaw dropping performance or one to particularly write home about by Almiron, but the way he’s spun this for his latest piece in the Sun is little short of shameful.

Rating a player’s performance may be subjective, but David’s done his best to paint this out as an awful performance from Almiron – yet it was one where he still showed real energy and always tried to make something happen when he got on the ball (he would’ve bagged an impressive assist if Diame could finish!).



Put it this way, if he’s claiming that Almiron had such a ‘nightmare’ then I can’t even begin to imagine what he made of Kenedy or Joselu.

Here’s how a few Newcastle fans have reacted online to his pathetic story for the Sun – with many absolutely baffled by ridiculous claims he ‘flopped’ during yesterday’s friendly with CSKA:

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10 thoughts on “Club reporter launches embarrassing attack on Miguel Almiron – Absolutely pathetic..

  1. Typical fans’ over-reaction to an innocent, and for once accurate, article.

    It was so weak that it could hardly even be classified as an attack.

    And let’s not forget Olly, that in your own review the most enthusiastic comment you could make about Almiron was “steady”. He wasn’t even close to being our best player.

    Coverdale clearly stated that all 11 players were replaced at half time, so any suggestion that he made it sound like Rafa subbed only Almiron is just ludicrous.

    Mindless optimism is acceptable under 2 conditions.

    1) You’re an optimist
    2) You’re mindless.

    Reality, however is a much more useful attitude to have.

    Almiron came on against Wolves and despite the comments of the fans, he had a pretty average 20 minutes.

    He was on for the first half against CSKA Moscow, and he struggled.

    He needs time to settle and to understand how it works here and it’s better to admit that than to claim he’s brilliant just because – and here’s the one that makes me laugh – “he tried hard”.

    If you want trying hard give me a contract. I’ll run till I drop. Admittedly that would only be 10 minutes, but I’d try.

    Our recent history is full of Fergusons, Ramages and Ameobis, and even the odd Ritchie. Players who all tried hard but weren’t really that good. Personally I’d prefer brilliant, but doesn’t try hard.

    I’d prefer trophies to pure effort. In which league does trying hard get you points?

    I’m sure Almiron will come through, but it wasn’t against Wolves and it wasn’t against Moscow.

    Maybe he’s getting match fit. Maybe he’s learning how the team play.

    Either way he’ll get the time to figure it out, but lets not pretend that he’s better than he’s shown us. He’s the one who said we should judge him on his performances.

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  2. Briiian:
    Typical fans’ over-reaction to an innocent, and for once accurate, article.

    It was so weak that it could hardly even be classified as an attack.

    And let’s not forget Olly, that in your own review the most enthusiastic comment you could make about Almiron was “steady”. He wasn’t even close to being our best player.

    Coverdale clearly stated that all 11 players were replaced at half time, so any suggestion that he made it sound like Rafa subbed only Almiron is just ludicrous.

    Mindless optimism is acceptable under 2 conditions.

    1) You’re an optimist
    2) You’re mindless.

    Reality, however is a much more useful attitude to have.

    Almiron came on against Wolves and despite the comments of the fans, he had a pretty average 20 minutes.

    He was on for the first half against CSKA Moscow, and he struggled.

    He needs time to settle and to understand how it works here and it’s better to admit that than to claim he’s brilliant just because – and here’s the one that makes me laugh – “he tried hard”.

    If you want trying hard give me a contract. I’ll run till I drop. Admittedly that would only be 10 minutes, but I’d try.

    Our recent history is full of Fergusons, Ramages and Ameobis, and even the odd Ritchie. Players who all tried hard but weren’t really that good. Personally I’d prefer brilliant, but doesn’t try hard.

    I’d prefer trophies to pure effort. Inwhich league does trying hard get you points?

    I’m sure Almiron will come through, but it wasn’t against Wolves and it wasn’t against Moscow.

    Maybe he’s getting match fit. Maybe he’s learning how the team play.

    Either way he’ll get the time to figure it out, but lets not pretend that he’s better than he’s shown us. He’s the one who said we should judge him on his performances.

    An ‘innocent’ and ‘accurate’ article?

    A) How on earth can you say he ‘flopped’ and had a ‘nightmare’ during a steady friendly display?
    B) You know full well he’s twisting it by saying he was hauled off at half time – everyone was!
    C) This is the Sun…you’re making a fool of yourself if you side with them

    In fairness Brian, I’ve not seen a positive comment from you ever since you began commenting on our posts so I can’t say I’m surprised to see you siding with Coverdale on this one! 😆

    You’re the only one I’ve seen who thinks what he’s saying is remotely acceptable or true..

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  3. Briiian:
    Typical fans’ over-reaction to an innocent, and for once accurate, article.

    It was so weak that it could hardly even be classified as an attack.

    And let’s not forget Olly, that in your own review the most enthusiastic comment you could make about Almiron was “steady”. He wasn’t even close to being our best player.

    Coverdale clearly stated that all 11 players were replaced at half time, so any suggestion that he made it sound like Rafa subbed only Almiron is just ludicrous.

    Mindless optimism is acceptable under 2 conditions.

    1) You’re an optimist
    2) You’re mindless.

    Reality, however is a much more useful attitude to have.

    Almiron came on against Wolves and despite the comments of the fans, he had a pretty average 20 minutes.

    He was on for the first half against CSKA Moscow, and he struggled.

    He needs time to settle and to understand how it works here and it’s better to admit that than to claim he’s brilliant just because – and here’s the one that makes me laugh – “he tried hard”.

    If you want trying hard give me a contract. I’ll run till I drop. Admittedly that would only be 10 minutes, but I’d try.

    Our recent history is full of Fergusons, Ramages and Ameobis, and even the odd Ritchie. Players who all tried hard but weren’t really that good. Personally I’d prefer brilliant, but doesn’t try hard.

    I’d prefer trophies to pure effort. Inwhich league does trying hard get you points?

    I’m sure Almiron will come through, but it wasn’t against Wolves and it wasn’t against Moscow.

    Maybe he’s getting match fit. Maybe he’s learning how the team play.

    Either way he’ll get the time to figure it out, but lets not pretend that he’s better than he’s shown us. He’s the one who said we should judge him on his performances.

    Another thing..

    You defended Coverdale re. Almiron’s half time substitution saying he made it clear that everyone was taken off. This is his headline and first two lines of the article..

    “ALMIR-OFF Newcastle new-boy Miguel Almiron struggles on first start since £20.7m transfer
    The Toon’s club-record buy did little to impress Rafa Benitez in 45 minutes before he was withdrawn at half-time”

    Give me a break!

    Regarding any ‘mindless optimism’, I’d like to think I have a balance. Just read my ratings piece – I’ve given plenty low marks to players I was hoping to see do well..

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  4. In fairness Brian, I’ve not seen a positive comment from you ever since you began commenting on our posts so I can’t say I’m surprised to see you siding with Coverdale on this one! 😆

    You’re the only one I’ve seen who thinks what he’s saying is remotely acceptable or true..

    SPOT ON OLLY!

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  5. Kids came from another league and people saying flopped against Wolves (20 minute sub) and a friendly kickabout (45 mins)… no ones interested and the kid will show what he has in the coming months, we did not buy him for two weeks we bought him to perform over 5 yrs, Everyone takes time to settle

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  6. Coverdsle is just another lying scumbag reporter who make up stories for money.
    Give him a lifetime ban from the club and grounds along with any other lying scumbag reporters

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  7. Briiian

    Innocent and accurate?
    I smell a mackem!

    Pretty average 20 Mins against wolves??? HAHAHAHA even the wolves fans said he looked quality.

    Take your red and white striped shirt off mate, can see right through you. Still bitter about getting outplayed by Accrington Stanley I guess.

    Jog on!

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  8. Brian GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE!!! You will be saying ASHLEY is a fans favourite next. Almiron needs time to settle, but what I have seen up to now he works hard, has pace and can change a game. EXACTLY what we need right now!!

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