Dean Jones said Give Me Sport that Newcastle manager Eddie Howe “does not rate” Miguel Almiron – and he could be sold in the summer. And that despite the fact that the Paraguayan international has started in the last two league games.
Almiron, 28, has not been able to start for Newcastle in the Premier League since mid-December before being given a chance in the starting XI in their 1-0 defeat by Chelsea. Almiron was also in the starting eleven before the break against Everton.
Almiron, a 41-time Paraguay international, has fallen down the pecking order since Howe’s arrival. If everyone is fit, Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser will start wide. Jacob Murphy has impressed at times.
TeamTalk reported in March that Newcastle were ready to sack seven players and Atlanta United’s £20m signing is one of them. This also includes Jamal Lewis, Matt Ritchie and many other players.
Jones commented on Howe’s opinion of Almiron: “Almiron is available for transfer. The easiest way to put it is that Howe doesn’t judge him and doesn’t think he can fit in his direction.”
Jones on Almiron: Howe needs to form his Newcastle squad in the summer
It is odd to think Howe has been Newcastle manager for less than five months since his appointment in early November. He only had a January window to form his roster and only a few left.
He will of course have the chance to sign new players this summer – but Howe will also be able to choose which of his current stars to keep and which to show the door.
It’s clear he feels Almiron isn’t up to the required standard and needs to go. Howe has big decisions to make about his unsigned players over the summer – most notably Sean Longstaff and Fabian Schar.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/01/journalist-eddie-howe-is-unconvinced-by-newcastle-player-doesnt-rate-him/ Eddie Howe not convinced by Newcastle player, ‘don’t rate him’