Getting Miggy with it

Miguel Almiron seems to have a smile on his face again and, with his reacquired happiness, has spoken to media in his native Paraguay. Big thanks to journalist Roberto Rojas for providing the transcriptions and, in all honesty, there doesn’t appear to be anything ground-breaking within in it.

From a personal view, he plays down the issue of being shunted around and played out of position despite being one of our most creative and hardest working players. The line that got me, and made me slightly sad, was: “I think being near the relegation zone is something temporary & we are going to move forward.”

Oh Miggy, you’ve not been with us that long, so allow me to burst that bubble somewhat – it ain’t gonna be temporary while the current circus is in town. Thankfully, he does seem keen to stay in the Premier League so we might get to hang onto him for a while longer yet, provided we stay there!

Video nasty

Having given Newcastle an early lead, which was subsequently surrendered as United reverted to type on Wednesday, stand-in skipper Jonjo Shelvey was among those tasked with defending the indefensible to the club’s official media channel.

Unlike the weekly contestants on Five Live’s Fighting Talk, his attempts fell some way short, but taking some of the quotes in isolation, they were just as laughable. Talk of a “sticky ten minutes” costing the Mags the game beggar belief quite frankly before the midfielder revealed news that will have the likes of Pep and Bielsa spinning – there’ll be a video session to analyse what went wrong.

Where this new-fangled technology and data analysis sits with Brucey’s rolled-sleeves approach we’ll get to see on Saturday against a reeling Southampton side battered in midweek. For our sakes, let’s hope the Saints don’t go in for these modern trends of watching games back.

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/jonjo-shelvey-crystal-palace-video-19761767

Big Jo

Having often been referred to as a snip at €40 million, Joelinton’s recent trip to the barbers has landed him a £200 fine according to the Beeb.

I’m not sure what’s more surprising, our record signing’s stupidity to not only flout lockdown rules but boast about it on The Gram, or Mike Ashley missing a trick by not offering his star man a S***** D***** facemask to wear for the occasion.

MATTHEW ROGERSON