Atlanta Utd President Darren Eales has spoken out about Miguel Almiron’s struggle for goals at Newcastle, believing his poor form is down to ‘confidence’ issues.
With the former MLS star now 18 games without a goal following his ‘club record’ move from America, many are starting to get concerned about the 25-year-old’s lack of composure and final product.
That said, Eales has faith in him to come good, believing the goals will fly in once he gets his first. I’d tend to agree, but there may only be so long his woes in front of goal can continue before those fragile confidence levels are shattered beyond repair.
Here’s what he’s has had to say when speaking about the former Atlanta United star:
“It is about confidence and I just hope he can get that first goal and then they will come in waves.”
“It took Miggy a little bit of time to find his feet when he made the move from Paraguay to the Argentinian league and the same with us in our first MLS season.
“He was unbelievable but he missed a few chances.
“He went eight games without scoring and had not scored at home and you could feel it getting pent up a little bit.
“Then he scored a hat-trick against Houston where everything he hit went in…he got that hat-trick and the floodgates then opened.
“You see his glimpses of his ability.
“He showed it in the summer with Paraguay at the Copa America
“His pace with the ball is incredible.
“I always likened it to Gareth Bale from my time at Spurs.
“He always seems quicker when he has got the ball than without the ball.
It is reassuring in a sense to hear that he took a bit of time to find his feet following previous moves Argentina and the MLS and then came good, however the Premier League is an unforgiving league that will chew you up and spit you out if you don’t take your chances.
His pace, energy and enthusiasm is there for all to see, but his composure in front of goal has been worryingly poor this season, with him missing big chances to score in several of our eight games so far this season.
With Saint-Maximin fit and commanding a lot of attention with his unpredictable and explosive style, let’s hope Almiron can find himself in some extra space and get that all important first goal before long. He needs it!