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57 minutes ago, triggs said:

He is a Simeone type player but he's not good enough for that level IMO

Depends what "that level" is, because levels are, to a limited but clear extent, contextual. We all know players can look completely different in one manager's system than they do in another's, or from one league to another. For example, there were players who came up from the Championship under Rafa who one could easily have been expected to flop when they 'moved up' a level, yet then put in similar or better quality performances than they had before. Look at a player like Patrick Bamford, who has scored and assisted at a much higher rate in the Premier League than he did months earlier in a lower tier.

With a player like Almiron, who has a few obvious qualities, it's more indicative to look at whether he'd suit the type of games he'd play in La Liga and whether he'd fit into Simeone's system. Almiron is quick, can carry the ball forward from deep, can press and recover his position, can pinch in defensively and still close down wide, can combine and make runs to open up space and relieve pressure in a deep block. Those are the sort of qualities that would appeal to a coach like Simeone. He's not a goalscorer but that's not necessarily a priority for Simeone - the first priority is the clean sheet and if that is achieved then all that's needed is a set piece goal or for one of the forwards to convert a chance. If he can pitch in with goals and assists, especially when there's added space on the counter (and he's playing in a team who train very intensely so that they're on each other's wavelength defensively and offensively), then he's doing his job.

It's obviously hypothetical and very unlikely to happen - and I also don't necessarily even disagree with you - but I wouldn't bet against Almiron's ability to perform in Simeone's system. I could see him being a very handy first or second sub.

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1 hour ago, Beth said:

It's not like. He's a mid table PL standard player.

I don't think we've seen the best of him, and even if we have, we've never had the players around him to maximise the return. He could be very useful for somebody.

Edit: What ATF said.

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If we stay up and this clown remains in charge next season then he needs to get away as does the likes of Wilson, ASM, Dubravka etc - wasting their careers under this imbecile!

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1 hour ago, Yorkie said:

“If it was a player who had consistently fought hard every week and gives 110 per cent with tackles and runs you could have more sympathy for those comments. If it had come from a captain, or a leader at the club, you could take it more easily."

You have to wonder how many times he's actually watched the lad play (if at all). :lol:

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11 minutes ago, NEEJ said:

“If it was a player who had consistently fought hard every week and gives 110 per cent with tackles and runs you could have more sympathy for those comments. If it had come from a captain, or a leader at the club, you could take it more easily."

You have to wonder how many times he's actually watched the lad play (if at all). :lol:

That's mental. Just shows how much faith you can put in pundits to have actually watched us play.

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Clearly he is just another lazy South American, not a proper British hardman (like Shelvey) who puts in 150%, like all true British players are.

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26 minutes ago, Nattfare said:

Clearly he is just another lazy South American, not a proper British hardman (like Shelvey) who puts in 150%, like all true British players are.

:lol: It's so obvious. 

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Fuck me, man. 
I think I've gone beyond just being ambivalent towards NUFC and football in general to completely hating it and everyone connected to it.

Paul fucking Robinson, man. Useless cunt.

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