If pundits, journos and those who claim to have inside information are to be believed, it seems unlikely that Miguel Almiron will be at Newcastle United next season.
I suspect that might be something that splits the fanbase. Would you be happy to see him leave or sad to see him go?
Me? I’d keep him for the squad, although if we stay up and start signing quality players it’s difficult to see where he fits. He’s probably too good just to be a fringe player, especially perhaps in a different league? It does seem as if Eddie Howe is not necessarily a fan, having preferred Murphy and Fraser over the baby-faced Paraguayan in recent weeks.
Unfortunately, Miggy seems to be a player in limbo. No-one really seems to know where his best position is and where he’s most effective. He’s been tried in a few positions and has had more than a few good games but very rarely an outstanding one.
We know he gets NUFC and will run until he drops for us. He always seems to have a fantastic attitude and one player that will always give 100% or even more. But has he enough quality? He’s reasonably skilful and definitely quick but his end product just doesn’t seem good enough for The Premier League. I mean, he’s not scored in over 12 months now and doesn’t even have an assist to his name this season…
The fans love him because they see what seems to be a genuinely nice guy with a little bit of talent and a bucket load of energy, endeavour and enthusiasm. But, sadly, it does appear that he’s not getting better and could well be the first high profile victim of the new regime.
Miggy’s career stats with NUFC show a lack of end product. 13 goals and 5 assists in 111 games and none of either at all this season. He’s not started for two months and has only played 15 minutes since the turn of the year under Eddie Howe.
All of which seems a poor return on a £21m investment, although that’s a price tag that shrinks with virtually every new signing – not to mention he’s no spring chicken at 28-years-old.
His agent Daniel Campos who has courted controversy at times with his statements says he has an 80m euro release clause and he has interest from Europe but not at that price.
Apparently when we won 1 – 0 at Leeds, Miggy’s celebrations on the bench were exuberant to say the least. Then there’s the posts of him in the gym with the caption ‘No Days Off.” He clearly is not a player that upsets the apple cart but he must be wondering whether the NUFC journey is over for him.