Miguel Almiron - 1st goal - winner vs Palace
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Atlanta United export Miguel Almiron's first goal for Newcastle United is a big one

Former Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron has already had plenty of highs and lows during a trying first year for Newcastle United. 

Saturday may have been the biggest high yet. The talented Paraguayan finally hit the net for the first time in a NUFC shirt, hammering in an 83rd-minute volley to decide a 1-0 home victory over Crystal Palace.

Almiron was influential early on in his time on Tyneside under former manager Rafa Benitez, but failed to record a goal or an assist. And he struggled to find his role early this season with Steve Bruce taking the helm.

But he's beginning to show signs of becoming a more consistent producer in the final third, with Saturday's goal coming three weeks to the day after recoring his first assist in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City.

Perhaps even he could feel it coming, telling The Guardian recently he was "desperate" for his first tally.

After helping Atlanta win the 2018 MLS Cup, Almiron was sold to Newcastle for an MLS-record fee reported around $27 million.