Miguel Almiron has come under criticism for his performances at the start of the season, leading some Newcastle supporters to back him up by praising his contribution.
The Paraguay national team arrived at St James’ Park for a then club-record fee in January, but is still yet to register a goal or assist for the Magpies.
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Ordinarily, that would likely lead to a negative view from fans, but instead several have pointed to his hard work and the contribution he offers to the team outside the final third, and for that reason argue he isn’t as bad as the stats suggest.
The reaction from Magpies comes after the president of Almiron’s former club Atlanta United, Darren Eales, suggested he also had a slow start when he first moved to the MLS.
Eales also spoke of the confidence issue that the winger is likely suffering from, leading one fan to suggest that once he gets off the mark for the club he could become a new player.
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Here is some of the reaction from Toon fans showing support for their number 24.
He is contributing more than people give him credit for. Some need to stop judging footballers on pure numbers of goals and assists. Almiron makes the side better, goals or not.
— Scottie Talks Sport ◻◼ (@scottiesports) October 10, 2019
Despite a lack of goals & assists he was great last season. Since then he’s lost both strike partners & Benitez.
He’s not the most clinical but becoming the team scapegoat won’t help him.
— Adam West (@adamswest_) October 10, 2019
His attitude should buy him extra time. He works really hard and tries even harder (too hard at times). If we get on his back now it’ll destroy the poor lad.
— Bristol Magpie (@BristolMagpie) October 10, 2019
He was the one who started the move for longstaffs goal on Sunday!! He could of just lumped it forward but found st-maximin with a great pass.
— peela85 (@peela851) October 10, 2019
Hes a hard worker with one hell of an engine on him, I get frustrated as anyone seeing him get a 1 on 1 with the keeper practically every game and putting up a weak shot, he just needs one to lift that pressure off him, even if it’s a back post tap in, then he can move forward
— David J G (@DavidJG00615083) October 10, 2019
Totally agree, in the meantime he’s working his socks off for the team ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️
— Stu Charlton (@stuart_charlton) October 10, 2019
He’s got my full backing 100% he could be our very best player with a goal
— David Tasker (@DavidTazGolf9) October 10, 2019
He’s getting the chances it’ll just take time to get used to it when he puts one away I think he’ll be a different player tbh.
— B (@JMAG1892) October 10, 2019
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