Miguel Almiron has declared that he wants to “play in a team that fights more” while on international duty with Paraguay, raising fresh doubts over his future at Newcastle.
The forward, who has been one of our only bright sparks this campaign, has previously hinted at a move away when his agent gave a worrying interview back in November, where he said his client would have left Tyneside already if it weren’t for the pandemic.
Now Almiron has hinted that he’s keen to play for a club that competes more – despite being ‘happy’ on Tyneside – when speaking to a local radio station in his home country.
Here is what he said in full, with Miggy also commenting on the rise in COVID cases in his country:
“I would like to play in a team that fights more,”
“Here I am happy and I feel comfortable.”
“My family and I are fine, we try not to go out too much. We have to be grateful that we are healthy. “Mentally, I’m fine and wanting to play with La Albirroja (Paraguay national team).
“I go to the club two hours before, we wear masks, we can only get out to eat, we are separated and we follow a very strict protocol.
“Thank God with the work here at Newcastle. I am already training normally.
“I tell the Paraguayan people to be patient and take care of the covid issue.”
Almiron has earned his right to question the “fight” of others at NUFC due to how hard he works on the pitch. While some may scoff at his end product, you’d be hard to find a Newcastle fan that would dare question his work rate.
If he wants to leave in the summer then we should cash in – regardless of what division we are in. He does have quality and incredible work rate but isn’t irreplaceable, and it’s better to have a player that wants to be there than somebody who has one eye on a move away.
However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that we need Miggy firing on all cylinders for our final nine games of the season.
He is the key cog in our “false nine” system and despite appearing to be edging for a move away, I still have faith in him to put a shift in for us every time he dons the black-and-white shirt.
That’s the least we expect as supporters.