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Lee Clark: My Almiron advice; What Fulham need; No Liverpool concern

It sure was a surprising end to the January market at Newcastle given their transfer activity in recent years.


The feeling around the city and the club is one of excitement after Miguel Almiron's arrival. He is a player the manager had wanted for a long, long time and he's a player they had been missing in the forward areas. The footage that I've seen of him and the reports that I've heard, in terms of what he can bring to the group, making and scoring goals, have been fantastic and I think the supporters are quite excited and rightly so.

That's balanced also with a bit of understanding that it is his first time in Europe, never mind just the Premier League. I'm looking forward to seeing him in action.

The signing of Antonio Barreca was smart given when Paul Dummett was injured there wasn't another left-back in the club. So there's a little bit of optimism after deadline day, especially after the win over Manchester City and the performance against Tottenham - where they didn't look out of place, there's wasn't a lot between the two teams at all.

If there is any advice I can give to Almiron is that all the supporters expect of you, no matter how you're playing in terms of your personal performance, is that you just give your very, very best every game. They'll accept sometimes when you're not at your scintillating best. And just go and embrace it, enjoy it. There are people inside the organisation that have paid a lot of money for you, so go and embrace that pressure.


Jan Siewart's appointment at Huddersfield Town will bring some freshness to the playing squad. They're on such a disappointing run, a hard run. When you can't win, you're wondering when the next one is going to come, where your next goals are coming from. And that's been the biggest factor for me with Huddersfield - the lack of goals in the group. But the new manager has been brought in initially to try and give them that impetus, that freshness to try and keep them up. If the worst case scenario happens, then he'll have the chance to get the club back up.


Fulham have also been struggling, and for me, they need to make it count when they're on top in games. Their defensive record is not great, so most of the time this season one goal isn't enough for them. There's been a lot of times they've started games well and been the dominant team in possession and chances, yet they haven't gone and scored another one.

It hasn't been easy as they've played with two managers with vastly different philosophies; one who wanted to play expansive football, and one who, being typically Italian and having been successful in the past, wants to start with being solid at the back. But he's found it difficult and when that happens it's difficult to get continuity with your team because you're trying different personnel and different formations.


At the other end of the table, I don't think Liverpool fans should be concerned with their recent run. It's completely normal. It shows you the competitiveness of the Premier League. You look about what happened to Manchester City up at Newcastle the other week, the way the champions were subdued. I haven't seen City so poor in possession than they were that night at St. James' Park. I think that's the way it goes. Jurgen Klopp mentioned it the other day. Liverpool have only lost one game all season.

I think everyone should be enjoying the title race. It's fantastic. And I wouldn't rule Tottenham out either. The thing with Tottenham is outside of their football club, and outside of their dressing room, everyone was saying they were doomed after losing Harry Kane and Dele Alli. And they haven't been their usual Spurs with their free flowing football, but what they've done is they've churned out results.

If you look back over time, teams that become successful do it on the back of not playing particularly well. It's exciting. You just don't know. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeps doing what he's doing at Manchester United, they're also closing the gap to the teams above them. You can see Chelsea have the potential once they develop some consistency.

It's brilliant, I think we all prefer it this way with four or five clubs chasing with the genuine potential to be this season's champions.

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