'I got all sorts of abuse' - Exclusive: Danny Mills issues fresh verdict on Almiron at Newcastle

Danny Mills has blasted Newcastle United attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron and says his initial doubts over the Paraguayan have been well warranted so far.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender says that the 25-year-old’s work rate is the “very least” that fans should expect to see and that the playmaker has failed to deliver what he is in the side for.

The former Atlanta United man is yet to score a goal or contribute an assist in 10 months at St James’ Park, a run which stretches 22 games across all competitions.

Mills says that the Magpies’ maestro is yet to prove his worth in attack and says he is doing the bare minimum when it comes to working hard for Steve Bruce.

Mills told Football Insider: “I gave him a little bit of stick when he first came arrived, I didn’t know too much about him, was he the answer for Newcastle, was this going to be the stellar signing they’re looking for, is he going to score enough goals?

“I think he started off really well, had three or four games where he looked great and I got all sorts of abuse from the Newcastle fans but look, not so good now.

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“That’s the problem, he’s working very, very hard but he’s in the team to be creative, he’s in the team to create chances and to score goals. He’s not doing it. To work hard is normal, to work hard is mandatory. That’s the very, very least every player should be doing.

“You get put in a team as a defender to stop the opposition scoring.  You get put in as a defensive midfielder to break things up, you get put in as a striker to score goals, you get put in as a creative midfielder to create chances and score goals – he’s not doing that. If you’re not doing that then as hard as you are working and as much as the fans appreciate that, sometimes you need more.”

Almiron has started every single one of Newcastle’s 12 Premier League fixtures this season and has seen a number of clear-cut opportunities to break his duck pass him by through poor finishing or bad luck.

Saturday saw an effort on target deflect off fellow forward Allan Saint-Maximin after the Frenchman’s own effort was stopped by Bournemouth’s players.

In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent says one player “needs to put a shift in” after a “harsh” decision from Steve Bruce.