Chris Sutton has slammed Miguel Almiron after the Newcastle winger was sent off for simulation over the weekend, saying he has ‘more dives than goals this season’.
The 25-year-old was booked against Man Utd for simulation last Sunday – his second yellow of the Premier League season for diving – but also saw red last week after going down too easily in Paraguay’s clash with Serbia.
Here’s what Sutton had to say about Almiron when speaking on BBC Radio 5Live’s 606 this week:
“Well, Miguel Almiron has more dives than goals this season,”
“He’s not scored. He goes top of the table [for simulations]. You are better than that, Almiron.
“What’s going on with players? What’s going on with country? They’re not listening.
“You are better than that, Almiron. Let’s see goals! Let’s not see dives! Let’s not see the simulation.”
Sutton may be spot on – he has dived more than he’s scored this season and it’s not on – but where were these rants when the likes of Harry Kane and Mo Salah were regularly throwing themselves to the ground without contact?
The media seems to pick and choose the players they want to target and it seems some are immune to criticism.
Don’t get me wrong, the fact Almiron has been booked for diving more than he’s scored or assisted this season is a horrid stat and one he needs to sort out as soon as possible, but would the same rant be aired if our very own Harry Kane was booked for diving for England? I’m not sure.