Controversial Miguel Almiron claims arrive from pundit – & it’s causing a ‘big debate’ in Paraguay

Ex-Paraguay boss and current pundit Carlos Kiese has shared a scathing view of Miguel Almiron’s footballing abilities.

Speaking after their 2-2 draw with Peru in last week’s World Cup qualifier, Kiese labelled Almiron a player who “has speed but doesn’t have the ability”.

Certainly a brutal assessment – and not one that I particularly agree with.

At the start of last season he did, at times, look weak, nervous and lacked composure in the final third – his struggle for a goal (or an assist for that matter) suggested that Kiese‘s assessment could easily be labelled a fair one.

But after he scored his first goal against Crystal Palace and got that monkey off his back, he’s looked a completely different player in my eyes.

His final ball has improved objectively, with him being directly involved in 14 goals since that strike against Palace.

Just this season, he’s got a goal and three assists in just 6 appearances; with limited playing time!

He’s certainly not the finished product, and he can be ineffective at times, but to say he ‘doesn’t have ability’ is very harsh.

What do you reckon folks – Harsh comments or a fair assessment of our 26-year-old bundle of energy?

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7 thoughts on “Controversial Miguel Almiron claims arrive from pundit – & it’s causing a ‘big debate’ in Paraguay

  1. Well, I have still to be fully convinced by our lad Miguel, but he has come on a lot and I believe there is more to come.

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  2. I think the pundit knows what he is talking about, lots of running but very little football.He doesn’t look like a premier league player yet but maybe in the future.??

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  3. Almeron Would be my first name on the team sheet. He frightens Defences with his speed, he plays 90 minutes and he does have skill. He’s no St Maximan but very important to ‘scatter Defences.

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  4. Some of us have been saying this since we got him.

    That said he doesn’t even seem fast these days.

    Runs into all the wrong places, narrows the angle, can’t pass, can’t shoot.
    Apart from that he’s brilliant!

    His prem stats read 49 appearances, 4 goals, 3 assists.

    Is he improving, or is it just that we’ve progressed in the cups and we’ve seen him playing against 4th division teams?

    He was a breath of fresh air when he arrived, and everyone said the same thing – just wait until he starts scoring, but it didn’t happen. He was better than what we had, but it appears that Hendricks and Fraser are now better than what we had.

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