Newcastle’s record-breaking signing is already more ‘creative’ than Naby Keita.
Despite playing 99 minutes, Almiron has served up seven chances compared to the Liverpool midfielder’s six; just one stat that helps illustrate the impact of the Magpies’ £20m January signing.
Almiron’s good start to Premier League life: Four things to know…
- The Paraguayan has made two appearances for his new club in the league after his £20m January move.
- In those games, Newcastle drew with Wolves and beat Huddersfield.
- Against the Terriers, Almiron created six chances – no Newcastle player has managed more in a single game since the start of last season.
- Almiron’s seven chances created in total have surpassed Naby Keita’s six and equalled the seven from Man Utd’s Fred – over £100m of midfield talent.
Almiron’s six chances came against Huddersfield; no player has created more in a single game for Newcastle since the start of the 2017/18 season.
Naby Keita, Liverpool’s £52m man, has managed six in 19 league matches or 1,060 minutes – although the Guinean has not featured against the bottom-of-the-table side himself.
Miguel Almirón has created more chances in the Premier League this season (7) than Naby Keïta (6).
— Coral (@Coral) February 26, 2019
However Huddersfield are a club in free fall destined for relegation, and in this particular game, only had 10 men from minute 20 – although it was Almiron who drew that foul that resulted in Tommy Smith’s dismissal.
In fact, the red card ended Newcastle’s 1,852-day wait for an opposition player to be sent off in a Premier League game – another sign that ‘Miggy’ may well be magic.
Miguel Almirón’s home Newcastle debut by numbers:
6 chances created
3 shots on target
1 foul won
Yup. He looks pretty good. 🔥 https://t.co/PvTsklhAH4
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Tougher tests are to come for the creative player, but his great start in the northeast hasn’t gone unnoticed, least of all club legend by Alan Shearer.
Newcastle’s all-time top scorer tweeted after the game: “An impressive home debut from Almiron, but man of the match again Sean Longstaff – faultless in the middle of the pitch.”
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Longstaff turning heads at Newcastle
21-year-old midfielder Sean Longstaff put in a virtuoso performance for the Magpies also, leading to Rafa Benitez to say after the game that he could see his player in the England set-up soon.
“Sean wouldn’t look out of place with England, there are not too many young English players with his quality,” said Benítez, via The Gaurdian.
“I think he will go, he’s doing well and playing in the Premier League. I like to see my players going to the national team. I don’t care if it’s the Under-20s, Under-21s or even the senior side but I think he needs to go one step at a time. If we start talking too much about how well it’s doing, it’s a risk.”
Longstaff would theoretically be vying with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and newly eligible Declan Rice for a centre-midfield berth.
Longstaff’s brilliant form in recent weeks was also mentioned on the latest episode of the Squawka Talker podcast.
Squawka writer Muhammad Butt picked out Miguel Almiron for the new Squawka Scout section, praising the Paraguayan’s immediate impact since finally breaking Newcastle’s transfer record.
However, Longstaff’s performances were also noted, with Muhammad even suggesting that Pep Guardiola might be keeping an eye on the Englishman as Man City continue to look for an heir to Fernandinho.