To say it’s been a difficult season for Miguel Almiron would be an understatement.
A good performance away at Wolves aside, the midfielder has been in and out of the side as Steve Bruce chops and changes his shape from one game to another, making only four starts during the seven Premier League games so far.
At fault for Southampton’s opening goal in the miserable loss on Friday night, the 26-year-old was criticised by Chris Kirkland for failing to adapt to life in the Premier League following his then-club-record move from Atlanta in January 2019.
Looking further into his statistics, it’s clear to see Almiron is in a real funk right now.
The graphic above shows just how much his form has dropped off since the back end of last season after the resumption of football following the COVID-19 shutdown.
Between 22 February 2020 and 15 July 2020, he produced a total of 5.94 xGoal contribution in 790 minutes, with only Michail Antonio and Manchester City pair David Silva and Gabriel Jesus ranking higher. Since, however, things have seriously slowed down.
From 15th July onwards, he’s had a total of 0.69 xGoal contribution in 574 minutes (0.11 xGoal contribution per 90). Alarmingly, he dips down to 178th of all Premier League players to have played at least 180 minutes, which is obviously some fall.
What would you do with Miguel Almiron?
Clearly, playing in a number of different positions either centrally or out wide will not have helped but Almiron’s influence has drastically dropped.