Newcastle United’s return to the upper echelons of the Premier League continued earlier today after Eddie Howe’s Magpies ran rampant on Tyneside in a 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa.
With the second city outfit prepared to welcome Unai Emery as their new headmaster, Villa was hoping to build on their own big win last weekend after parting ways with Steven Gerrard with their own 4-0 win against Brentford at Villa Park, but Newcastle had other ideas in mind and was once again led by Paraguayan international Miguel Almirón.
It was the former Atlanta United starlet’s sixth goal in as many matches in recent weeks as the Asunción native is in the form of his life and putting Manchester City’s Jack Grealish firmly in his place after the former Villa man openly made a dig at the 28-year-old last season.
Almirón is currently having the last laugh on a personal level, with his seven goals across all competitions this season dwarfing Grealish’s single effort to find the back of the net during a 2022-23 campaign that has seen the England international struggle in a big way under Pep Guardiola, with some suggesting he could be jettisoned in the summer.
Former iconic Arsenal center-back Martin Keown had nothing but a glaring report regarding Almirón, and Newcastle, on BBC Sports’ Match of the Day earlier this afternoon, with the pundit highlighting the progress for both the player and the club that is clear for all to see.
“You look at the form they are in at the moment...it’s absolutely remarkable. This is over a year...they’ve kept this going. This is consistency. Changing the players in the two transfer windows.”
“Almirón is a player I want to give the most credit to. Because it’s interesting that he was being ridiculed, wasn’t he, by Man City players eluding to ‘If you were having an Almirón, you were having a nightmare.’ Now, if you’re having an Almirón, you’re having a worldy, because he is playing absolutely different class, he’s turned it around...his career...and he’s done it with his teammates.”
“I love the way they are all together as a unit, they press, they’re compact. Those three defenders you were talking about...Botman, Schä, and Burn, yes, don’t get enough credit for what they do but Trippier is there as well. So, they have been a fantastic story.”