Any manager in the world could do with a workhorse who covers every blade of grass whenever the team requires him to, and Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce can definitely count on Miguel Almiron to do the running whenever necessary.
The Paraguayan midfielder proved his mettle as an absolute engine with an almost omnipresent performance last night, as he was absolutely everywhere on the pitch in Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Everton.
Almiron’s heat map against Everton proved to be an incredible watch as not only did he excel in covering the #10 role behind strikers Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, but he was almost everywhere on the pitch: on the flanks as well as putting in a defensive shift whenever necessary.
His free role meant that he had absolute freedom to roam the span of the Goodison Park pitch, as he seemed to have covered every blade of grass in a quite literal sense of the phrase.
Almiron also racked up some incredible statistics in the outing: not only did he create the most chances in the game (3) and make the most number of passes into the attacking third (16), but he also made the most number of ball recoveries in the game with a total of nine.
It was a complete performance put on display by the 26-year-old, as the Tyneside-based club went eight points clear of automatic relegation spots in the standings.
Newcastle United currently sit in sixteenth position on the Premier League points table with a tally of 22 points in 21 games.
Steve Bruce would want more similar performances from the tireless Paraguayan in the role that he played last night for Newcastle, as he looks to guarantee the Magpies’ survival in the top flight of English football for the fourth consecutive season.