Miguel Almiron dismissed the idea that Jack Grealish’s comments spurred his form after winning the Premier League Player of the Month award.
Since coming to England in 2019, Almiron has taken some time to live up to the hope Newcastle United fans had for the Paraguayan.
At the end of last season, the 28-year-old was even used as a way to mock Riyad Mahrez, by the striker’s Manchester City team-mate Grealish.
Pep Guardiola’s side had just won the Premier League, coming from behind to beat Aston Villa in a game where Mahrez was nowhere near his best.
This has almost completely failed the former Aston Villa man, with Almiron in brilliant form at the start of this campaign.
That form saw him win the player of the month award for October and he was forced to deny being inspired by the City star.
“I don’t think anything of Jack [Grealish] it’s about the great form and the performances we’ve shown as a group of players,” Almiron said when asked on Sky Sports.
“Jack is a great player first and foremost and I wish him the best, as I always do.
“But that success is down to work, more work and even more hard work.”
🗣️ “I don’t think Jack is like that [Grealish] he said it has to do with great form. Jack is a great player first and foremost and I wish him the best, but this success is down to hard work.”
Miguel Almirón on Jack Grealish’s comments about that summer. 👀 pic.twitter.com/VG2EMp5yPQ
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 11, 2022
While Almiron’s form has soared, things haven’t gone any better for Grealish after failing to match his £100m price tag in the first season.
The England international has scored just once in the league since August, against Wolves after just seconds of kick-off.
“I should score more, get more assists. But yeah, the only thing I can do is score and get assists. You know, I’ll always have people talking about me with the amount they brought me,” said the Grealish at the time.
Regarding Grealish’s comments about Almiron, even Newcastle boss Eddie Howe addressed them earlier in the season, saying: “I don’t think Miggy is motivated other than trying to be his best for Newcastle and for the fans, who absolutely love him. and rightly so.
“…I don’t think I’ve noticed a difference in his character. He’s been very consistent – that’s a strength – he’s been very happy every day, very happy to be part of the team, he’s got very close friends within the team.
“What I’ve noticed is a real confidence in his training, in the technical delivery of what we’re asking him to do – I think he’s definitely gone up a level.”
The fans will soon be begging Grealish to discourage their players…