Some more quotes on Miguel Almiron’s future have emerged from his outspoken agent Daniel Campos – and they don’t get much better!
After some of his comments on Paraguayan Radio were shared last night, Bein Sports’ Roberto Rojas has since released the full transcript from Campos’ explosive interview.
In that he claims he’s been in talks with several Premier League clubs after Almiron received enquiries from some “big teams in England” – insisting Atletico Madrid aren’t the only club keen on the 26-year-old.
Here’s what he’s had to say:
“Look, I was able to come in contact with their coaching staff (Atletico Madrid) and they told me that they were interested and just scouting him, but never in the position to make an offer.
“They were just looking at him. But I think in the future, it’s possible, why not?
“There are also big teams in England for which they are inquiring about him and we talk.
“I have no doubt will leave, I think it will happen soon, perhaps in June (2021) because this year, everything was disorganized on the transfers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Here’s what else Campos had to say about his client, discussing his versatility, his eagerness to play in a side that has more possession and his belief that he would’ve already left if it wasn’t for Coronavirus:
“In Newcastle, he (Miguel Almiron) was entrusted to play in a function that perhaps isn’t the one he likes, but he know that Miguel is also a tactically multi-disciplinary player. He’s able to play in numerous positions, that’s why all the managers have praised him because he’s a player that in a game, he can play in two or three different positions.
“He’ll always have the sacrifice and the quality that he has is undoubtable, there’s nothing that he has to show in Europe.
“There in England, they say he’s a “Premier League-style” player. I think that if it wasn’t for the pandemic, he would’ve been playing in a different team. But oh well, what happened happened.
“He has to continue being on a team where the aspirations are different, we know that there is a league with six strong teams and the others are fighting for the remaining spots. And in that part, Newcastle is there.
“But, he’s happy. People love him and on the national team, he can play an extra function like we saw the other day (1-1 draw against Argentina) where he had to show a bit of his defensive work.
“To tell you the truth when they tell me this (critics in Paraguay of the team being a small one and ultra-defensive), I tell them that the English clubs are not “small.” There are teams who are very big and other teams that are “normal.” But, yes the tactical style of play doesn’t really benefit him, but I think in Europe, you have to run and work hard and there are no players who play just standing there.
“Obviously, if it was a team with much more movement and possession, Miguel would’ve showcased more.
“Last year, he played as a second forward. He played behind the striker. But Miguel is a very versatile player, he adapts. He is a player that doesn’t have a problem in working in different functions.
“Obviously, he would like to play at a bigger club with more possession. But he adapted and does the job done.
“The other day (game against Argentina), his work rate was huge. What he did, not only offensively but defensively was very important.
“In these World Cup qualifiers, we (Paraguay) have to aspire for that, to fight for it and to get the best possible results needed. I think this national team has everything to qualify for Qatar 2022.“
Speaking to Roberto Rojas on Twitter, he explained how Campos has a history of going public to discuss potential moves for his client – and it certainly feels like he’s playing that game here.
That said, there’s often no smoke without fire, so you have to wonder if Almiron really is eyeing a move away next summer – opposed to his agent simply wanting another pay-day!
Are we paying the price for Bruce benching him, playing him out of position regularly and failing to oversee a brand of football that gets the best out of our smiling Paraguayan who is no longer so happy?