Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has claimed that Newcastle United ace Miguel Almiron found it 'difficult' during his side's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday as he stated that he has even seen Lionel Messi have 'bad games'.
Rafa Benitez opted to start his January signing at the Vitality Stadium, but with his team losing 2-1, he ended up substituting him nine minutes before time.
In the game itself, the Magpies took the lead through a vicious Salomon Rondon free-kick before Joshua King netted a brace after the break, including scoring from the penalty spot. But in stoppage time, Matt Ritchie scored a sweet volley to snatch a point for his team.
Speaking to Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports News (16/03/2019 at 5:25 pm), Merson shared his honest thoughts on Almiron's performance in what were very tough conditions down in the south coast.
"Not really [performing at the levels when he first came in]," Merson told Soccer Saturday. "It was hard today and that's why I was surprised we got a good game in the end. It was windy, it was windy.
"I'm trying to help the players at times, it was a bit of a difficult game for him. At times, he played well and other times he went missing. But, you can't play well every game. I have seen Messi have bad games. He did things in the game where you think he is a threat."
Since Almiron's arrival from the MLS during the winter transfer window, the highly-rated youngster has lifted the spirits of the Toon Army supporters.
He has showcased his ability to get on the ball, be direct, cause numerous problems to the opposition with his pace and make his fellow attackers around him more threatening in the final third.
Considering Almiron hasn't had time to settle down in the north east, he has done pretty well for someone who has never played European football before.
Next season, the Newcastle supporters will be hoping he can show his true worth to English football because, if Benitez is here, then he could have a very lethal forward line at his disposal.
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