Danny Mills has torn into the early season performances of Newcastle United attacker Miguel Almiron after two defeats for the Magpies.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender has questioned whether the Paraguayan international’s mindset has changed after the departure of Rafael Benitez over the summer, Steve Bruce taking the Spaniard’s place in the dugout.
Almiron was a big-money signing for the Magpies back in January and made an impressive impact with his pace and flair in attack.
However, with no goals or assists in his 12 appearances for the club, including his two outings this season, Mills has criticised his movement and positioning in the final third of the pitch.
Mills told Football Insider: “It’s interesting, isn’t it? He was highlighted on Match of the Day, I think he had a few good games when he first came to the club and I was one of those sceptics that said we don’t know much of him.
“He did sign for Rafa Benitez, so has his opinion changed? Does he feel quite as special and as wanted, does he understand what the manager wants from him? Maybe not.
“As I say, Match of the Day highlighted it, he wasn’t getting in the box. The ball was out wide and this is supposed to be your goal-scoring midfielder, your number 10, and he’s nowhere near, he’s not breaking his neck to get in the box.
“You have to look at it and think he’s flattered to deceive last season.”
Newcastle lost their opening game 1-0 against Arsenal at St James’ Park, while their second match saw them suffer a 3-1 defeat against Norwich City, Teemu Pukki netting a hat trick against Bruce’s men.
The Magpies’ next outing sees them travel to north London to take on Tottenham, their last away win against Spurs coming back in 2015.
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