Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson has picked out misfiring winger Miguel Almiron when asked to name our ‘biggest disappointment of the season’ so far.
The Paraguayan did register his first assist for the club during our 2-2 draw with Man City last month, however his lack of composure in the final third has created real cause for concern, with him still searching for his first Newcastle goal.
Here’s what former Spurs stopper Robinson had to say when asked who’s been our poorest performer this year by Football Insider:
“I think it’s Almiron.
“When he was brought in, there was a lot of expectation. I don’t think he’s a bad player, he’s a good player but there’s a lot of work needed on his end product.
“When he gets in the final third he does things too quickly without thinking.
“He’s very quick, you can see the assets that he’s got, he’s quick, he can turn defence into attack very quickly.
“He’s an out ball but there needs to be more end product, there needs to be more to his game than just his pace and he gives away possession far too easily.”
I agree with most of what’s been said, however I’d argue our poorest performer this season has been either Joelinton – who’s not looked anything like a £40m player – or Sean Longstaff, with the midfielder looking a shadow of the player we saw burst onto the scene earlier this year.
Almiron has got a LOT to work on when it comes to his striking of a ball, his composure and ability to pick the right pass, but he’s done more than just use his pace on the counter and give us endless amounts of energy at both ends of the pitch.
He played a killer pass to set ASM away in the build up to M.Longstaff’s winner vs Man Utd, won key free kicks that lead to goals against West Ham and Southampton and played a brilliant cross-field pass into the box just moments before Yedlin’s equaliser against Bournemouth.
Do you think he’s been our poorest performer this season?