Miguel Almiron may finally be making the headlines for his goals, well and truly ending his drought with 3 strikes in as many weeks, but his defensive stats are just as (if not even more) impressive.
Not only did he finish emphatically in our 1-1 draw at Wolves over the weekend, his running stats from the game at Molineux were quite something, with this recovery challenge on Adama Traore being one of many highlights from his all action display:
He’s a winger, and was our most lively player in attack and a constant out ball on the counter, yet, at the other end, no player made more tackles, recoveries (see brilliant video below) or won more duels than the pocket rocket Paraguayan:
He also came out on top when it came to shots (5) and possession won in the final third, highlighting how much of a thorn in Wolves’ side he was in the attacking third too.
Jetro Willems struggled to contain Adama Traore at times, but Almiron regularly bust a gut to get back and help out the Dutchman – yet was the first Newcastle player to break on the counter or burst forward into the box (see his goal) when we got the ball.
Not only that, some stats emerged during the game showing that his top speed was actually higher than that of Traore’s – which is quite something considering the Wolves winger is deemed the league’s quickest player:
His energy levels and work rate are second to none, making him a real ‘one of a kind’ when it comes to modern day wingers.
If he can continue to combine his running and enthusiasm at both ends with end product, we have one brilliant player on our hands!