Steve Bruce says he’s been ‘pleasantly surprised’ Miguel Almiron since he took the job at St James’ Park – stating that he didn’t realise what a ‘good player’ he is.
The NUFC head coach also reveals that the 25-year-old is ‘probably the most popular player’ in the dressing room, saying he’s also a ‘great lad’ and ‘great pro’ who works hard and has no troubles scoring in training.
The Paraguayan has been criticised for a few too many missed chances in front of goal, with him spurning a few good opportunities in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Watford, however Bruce is confident his final ball will soon come good.
Here’s what Bruce has had to say about the ex-Atlanta star, urging fans to be patient with him:
“He’s a great lad, probably the most popular player here,”
“He’s bright and effervescent and bubbly, he’s a great pro. He just needs to get one of those opportunities to fall for him and he gets a goal. Since I’ve walked through the door, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what a good player he is… of course, he needs to add that finishing touch to his game, but it will come.
“I see how he works in training and he scores goals in training, but it’s a bit different doing it in front of 50,000 people and he probably just snatches at it a little bit.
“When he gets up and running, who knows, he might learn to go at things a little bit calmer. The great goalscorers go calm in front of goal. We need to be patient with him and I will be because of the type of person and player that he is.”
I really do hope fans can be patient with Almiron and stay 100% behind him. After all, his finishing may need some work, but his all round player and energy levels are brilliant to watch at times.
We do need him to step up, especially now the likes of Ayoze Perez are no longer around to chip in with 10 goals a season, but I for one am confident that he’ll come good.
It’s as if he’s trying too hard and so desperate for that first goal that he’s rushing things.
Once he gets off the mark, I am confident we’ll have a brilliant player on our hands.