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?