They anticipated a talented winger with finishing and/or creative ability, but since going to the Premier League, he hasn’t really been able to regain that form.
Only 17 goals and five assists have been recorded in 131 games for the Magpies, which is fewer than his contribution during his one last season with his previous team. Two of those goals, including one that could have been the season’s best, were scored against Fulham on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the Paraguayan hasn’t consistently displayed that kind of play, and if Newcastle wants to compete for a berth in Europe, they need someone who can consistently perform with the brilliance Almiron did this past weekend.
There are indications that the small 28-year-old is now beginning to reveal his true colours, but he has already cost too much for this trade to truly be considered a sound commercial decision. He has been earning about £42k each week, which means that throughout the course of his 191-week tenure in the north east, he has cost the club £34m in pay and transfer costs.
Almiron has contributed to goals with Newcastle effectively paying £1.5 million for each one.
Since Rafa Benitez brought him in and Steve Bruce continued to play him, Eddie Howe now has an abundance of cash and must get rid of this obedient but ultimately “headless” winger, in the words of Steve Wraith.
Due to his poor play, CIES Football Observatory has reduced his worth to just €15 million (£13 million).
One might understand why one of the club’s most expensive purchases would need to be utilised as much as possible under the previous management. Supporters also accepted the reality that no one of quality would be hired to replace him due to the lack of funding.
Almiron won’t be included in their plans for very long, though, since the new owners will need to adopt a cutthroat approach to realise the high objectives they will undoubtedly have.
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