By Noel Whelan

1st Aug, 2022 | 7:40am

Pundit cites David Moyes amid 'brilliant' Newcastle United-Miguel Almiron claim

Noel Whelan has claimed Eddie Howe’s “brilliant” man-management could be behind Newcastle star Miguel Almiron’s pre-season transformation.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 28-year-old now looks to be in a good place on and off the field after a tough start to life at St James’ Park.

Almiron has scored six goals and notched two assists during pre-season as Newcastle prepare for their first full season under former Bournemouth boss Howe.

The Paraguay international scored just once across 32 appearances in all competitions during the 2021-22 campaign.

Football Insider revealed earlier this year (23 March) that Newcastle were open to selling Almiron this summer – with a fee of £15million enough to seal his signature.

Howe, who succeeded Steve Bruce in November 2021, masterminded an 11th-place finish last term despite being in the thick of a relegation battle on his arrival.

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Whelan insisted the 44-year-old “squeezes every drop of potential” out of his players.

He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think Eddie Howe gets the best out of most players.

“He seems to have a really good blend of characters now at Newcastle and he’s squeezing every drop of potential out of them, very much like David Moyes at West Ham.

“He’s got that personal touch and that brilliant man management which will go a long way to help.

“It’s pre-season, but this is where you get your sharpness and your confidence.

“It looks like Almiron is in a good place – both in his football and mentally, despite all this speculation about his future.”

Newcastle start their 2022-23 campaign at home against Nottingham Forest on 6 August.

Almiron is out of contract in June 2024.

In other news, pundit claims Allan Saint-Maximin could be at Newcastle for “six more years” after update.