Miguel Almiron breaks silence on Jack Grealish comments after being named PL POTM

Miguel Almiron celebrates his goal Credit: Alamy
Miguel Almiron celebrates his goal Credit: Alamy

Newcastle United winger Miguel Almiron has squashed any beef with Jack Grealish after being named Premier League player of the month.

After enjoying a few drinks during Manchester City’s title celebrations in May, Grealish said one of his teammates “played like Almiron” after a poor showing in his side’s title-clinching win against Aston Villa.

Since then, the Paraguayan international has been a man possessed.

He has scored eight goals in 14 appearances this season, including seven in his last seven.

Speaking this month, Almiron’s Newcastle teammate Callum Wilson was asked if the 28-year-old has used Grealish’s jibe as motivation for his terrific start to the season.

“Well, obviously that comment was made and I didn’t even realise that comment had been made until recently, and I was like ‘what has been said?’ Wilson said.

“I was oblivious and they were saying what Jack said.

“He’s just like South American, he’s such a nice guy, happy, he didn’t really comment on it, he just shrugged his shoulders.

“I imagine internally he’s used it as motivation, but he hasn’t said anything to me.”

And after remaining silent on the subject, Almiron was asked by Sky Sports‘ Keith Downie if Grealish’s words are the reason for his success.

He insisted his form is down to nothing more than “hard work”, not any criticism he has received.

Almiron responded: “No, I don’t think anything Jack said has got anything to do with the great form and performances we have been showing as a group of players.

“Jack’s a great player first and foremost and I wish him all the best as I always do.

“But this success is down to work, more work and even more hard work.”

The former Atlanta United star was named Premier League player of the month after scoring six goals in as many games in October.

Grealish should probably try and “play like Almiron” himself given his form in front of goal for Manchester City.

In 16 appearances this term, the England man has one goal.

In his City career, he has scored seven times in 55 matches, which is as many goals as Almiron has in his last seven games.

For £100million, you expect better.

Newcastle have been excellent this term and sit third in the league table.

They only dropped points once in October – drawing 0-0 away to Manchester United.

The Magpies picked up wins against Fulham, Brentford, Everton, Tottenham and Aston Villa, scoring 16 goals and conceding three.

On winning the award, Almiron told Downie: “Thank you very much for the award and thank you for the recognition that it brings.

“Thanks to my teammates as well because without their help I wouldn’t be getting the award.

“A lot that is down to them.”

The Geordies host Chelsea on Saturday evening before the World Cup break gets underway.

Their first match after the tournament is against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

Newcastle progressed through after Nick Pope saved three spot-kicks in a penalty shootout victory over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.

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