Alan Shearer’s reaction to Miguel Almiron’s first Newcastle goal explained
Like most Newcastle fans, club legend Alan Shearer was ‘up celebrating’ Miguel Almiron’s first goal for the Magpies in the Match of the Day studio.
The Paraguayan midfielder has been on Tyneside for just over 11 months after a £21m move from MLS side Atalanta but had been unable to find the back of the net until Newcastle’s most recent clash with Crystal Palace .
Almiron smashed home the winner in the 83rd minute, sparking wild celebrations inside St James’ Park with the player, fans and team-mates all overjoyed with the goal.
The strike also delighted Shearer, with his BBC colleague Jermaine Jenas opening up on how the Geordie legend reacted.
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“He was up celebrating when Almiron scored,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5Live.
"There he is [Shearer cheers in the background whilst Jenas is conducting his interview] as you can hear in the background. He was delighted.
“It was actually nice to see. I have played in teams with certain players that they attach themselves and the affinity for them grows within the fans, within the changing room. He works his socks off.
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“Out of the chances, out of all the chances he has had all season, brilliant strike from inside the box. There was that whole feeling of like jubilation and I know St James' Park would have gone wild.”
Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer’s joy shined through as he claimed Almiron’s goal was ‘worth the wait’.
“It’s been a long time coming but it was worth the wait,” he said. “He played in a slightly different role when Steve named the two forwards (Joelinton and Andy Carroll) and he had a little bit of freedom to go on the left and in behind and I think that suited him.
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“It was probably his best game in a black and white shirt in terms of creativity … He could drift, he felt comfortable in that position.
“The goal was the moment we’ve all been waiting for: what a ball in (from Schar), what a header (from Carroll) and a magnificent finish.
“What a celebration with the young fan and I was like that with you guys in the room when I saw that ball go in the back of the net at the Gallowgate End.
“We hope now that’s the beginning of a few goals for him in a Newcastle shirt. He deserves that.”
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