At the end of last season, Manchester City player Jack Grealish commented on his team-mate Riyad Mahrez’s poor performance against Aston Villa as being like “like Almiron”. At the time of this comment, Almiron’s poor form in the league for Newcastle would have probably made most Magpie fans agree with Grealish’s comments.
However, it seemed as if Almiron took these comments personally, as he has seemed a different player in Newcastle’s side this season. The Paraguayan forward has already got his best goal tally this season, with him bagging eight goals so far this year, including impressive finishes against both Aston Villa and Everton.
Almiron had always been a hard worker in Newcastle’s side, known for his effort and determination in games. This, however, hadn’t always transpired into goals or assists, with his best Premier League goal tally prior to this season being a measly four goals.
With Newcastle’s recent revival under Eddie Howe, many thought Almiron’s time at the club would come to an anticlimactic ending. As new players came through the door that were seen as better than him, Almiron found himself outside the favoured team that Eddie Howe started the season with.
Almiron’s determination, however, saw him find a way back into the team and he is yet to look back. October saw his best form for the club, as he netted six times in the league as Newcastle pushed up into third place. This form saw him scoop October’s player of the month award, his first since arriving in the Premier League.
With the league now pausing for the World Cup until late December, Almiron won’t play another Premier League game for a while. Despite this most fans expect him to carry on the form that goes to prove Jack Grealish wrong.