Too often previously, Almiron would pass infield, then remain on the touchline. The coaching staff have performed repeated drills with him, urging him to give the ball inside to Guimaraes or outside to Trippier, before sprinting into the right side of the opponents’ penalty area.
This season, Newcastle have successfully passed to Almiron in the box on 42 occasions, according to StatsBomb data. His 4.9 touches in the opposition box per 90 minutes is also significantly higher than in previous seasons — it was just 2.1 per 90 in 2021-22, for example.
Howe has encouraged him to aim higher in the net, rather than driving balls along the ground, though he has scored with both methods recently.