Miguel Almiron would have LEFT Newcastle last summer but for the coronavirus pandemic because he wants to play on a team ‘that has a lot of possession’ according to his agent – with Atletico Madrid and other Premier League teams linked
- Miguel Almiron’s agent suggested the global pandemic has halted a transfer
- Almiron, 26, joined from MLS side Atlanta United for £20.7m in January 2019
- Frustration has emerged from limited game time and Newcastle’s playing style
Miguel Almiron is only still a Newcastle player because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to his agent.
The attacking midfielder is said to be frustrated at his playing time and the style of football under boss Steve Bruce.
Daniel Campos, who represents Almiron, claimed on Paraguayan radio station Futgol 970 that were it not for the global pandemic, he would no longer be in the north east.
Miguel Almiron’s future at Newcastle United has been thrown into doubt by his representative
Steve Bruce’s (left) tactics are said to be a bone of contention for the attacking midfielder
‘If it wasn’t for the pandemic, he would’ve been elsewhere,’ Campos explained.
‘Perhaps he would like to play on a team that has a lot of possession. Maybe in June, he’ll make that jump.’
Campos name-checked LaLiga side Atletico Madrid as an interested party in Almiron but they never turned their interest into an offer this summer.
Almiron moved to the Premier League in the January transfer window of 2019, arriving from MLS side Atlanta United for £20.7million.
Almiron (middle) started just one of the first five matches in the Premier League this season
He is popular with supporters and is viewed as among the most creative players at Bruce’s disposal alongside Allan Saint-Maximin.
But game-time has been inconsistent so far this season with four starts from the opening eight league games.
His only league assist this season came in the opening day win against West Ham as Almiron, 26, came off the bench in the 85th minute to tee up Jeff Hendrick two minutes later.
Almiron’s work-rate has made him a hit with supporters’ but the style of play, in the eyes of Campos, is having a negative impact.
Along with Allan Saint-Maximin (left), Almiron (right) is seen as among the most creative stars
‘In Newcastle, he was entrusted to play a function that perhaps isn’t the one he likes, but he (boss Steve Bruce) knows that Miguel is a multi-disciplinary player,’ he said. ‘He’s able to play in numerous positions.
‘That’s why all the managers have praised him, because he’s a player that, in a game, he can play in two or three different positions. He’ll always have the sacrifice, and the quality that he has is undoubted.’
Almiron started the last three league games before the international break having been brought in from the cold by Bruce and it now remains to be seen what impact Campos’ comments will have ahead of the weekend visit from Chelsea.