Miguel Almiron ready to quit Newcastle United over concerns with Bruce’s tactics

Miguel Almiron is ready to end his stay at Newcastle, his agent Daniel Campos has revealed.

The Paraguay international joined the Magpies in January 2018 for a then club-record fee of £21.6million.

Almiron's time at Newcastle hasn't gone as he would've hoped, with the 26-year-old scoring nine goals and providing five assists in 69 appearances for the northeast club.

The former Atlanta United forward's poor record isn't solely attributable to less than stellar displays as Newcastle have struggled on the whole since his arrival.

Nevertheless, Almiron has grown tired with Steve Bruce's tactics at St James' Park and is looking for an exit.

"Miguel Almirón was being observed by Atletico Madrid but no offer was made. When everything returns to normal, Miguel will take a leap in quality," Campos said during an appearance on Paraguayan radio station Futgol 970.

"Miguel’s work rate at Newcastle and Paraguay has been great. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, he would’ve been elsewhere.

"Perhaps he would like to play on a team that has a lot of possession. Maybe in June, he’ll make that jump."

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Former Wigan Athletic and Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland reckons Almiron's return for Newcastle has been low as he's yet to adapt to the English game.

“Well, he’s struggled. He hasn’t adapted, has he?" Kirkland told Football Fancast."It’s a risk when you’re buying players from abroad.

"It is a big risk because they can be very good players but moving abroad, moving away from your family, bringing your family over, the different language, all of it has a massive effect.”

Almiron and his Newcastle team-mates will be back in action on Saturday, welcoming Premier League title hopefuls Chelsea to St James' Park.

Bruce's side will go into the match against the west Londoners on the back on a 2-0 defeat to Southampton, whom they lost to just before the international break.

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