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

Newcastle United winger Miguel Almiron squashed any issues 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 team-mates “played like Almiron” after a poor performance in his team’s title 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 team-mate Callum Wilson was asked if the 28-year-old had used the Grealish taunt as motivation for his excellent start to the season.

“Well, obviously that comment was made and I didn’t even realize it was made until recently, and I was like ‘what was said?’ Wilson said.

“I didn’t realize and they were saying what Jack said.

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

“I imagine that internally he has used it as motivation, but he has not told me anything.”

And after keeping silent on the subject, Almiron was asked by sky sportsKeith Downie if Grealish’s words are the reason for his success.

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

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

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

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

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

Grealish should probably try to “play like Almiron” given his form in front of Manchester City’s goal.

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

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

For £100m, you’d expect better.

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

They only lost points once in October: a 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

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

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

“Thanks also to my colleagues because without their help I would not be receiving the award.

“A lot of that is up to them.”

The Geordies host Chelsea on Saturday night before the World Cup break begins.

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

Newcastle advanced after Nick Pope saved three shots from the penalty spot in a penalty shootout victory over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.

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