Jack Grealish landed himself in a bit of hot water when he name dropped Miguel Almiron during the Manchester City title celebrations.
Now the Newcastle ace appears intent on proving the England international wrong and silencing any critics.
It all started when Grealish was enjoying himself during the open top bus parade after winning his first Premier League title last season.
However, he got a little carried away with his jokes that ended up coming at the expense of Almiron.
Bernardo Silva asked him on camera about what was the secret behind their final day comeback against Aston Villa to win the title.
He said: ”There were two secrets… one, Riyad [Mahrez], take him off the pitch, as soon as possible. He played like [Newcastle star Miguel] Almiron.
“Number two, [pointing at Silva] he’s been so good this season, get him off the pitch.”
The Portuguese then came up with a third secret, adding: “Number three… keep Jack Grealish on the f***ing bench.”
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It was an innocent joke, with no malice intended, but Grealish came under fire for those comments, provoking a strong reaction from talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan.
He said: “The bottom line is it takes Jack Grealish back to where he belongs – in moron territory. Engaging his mouth before he engages his brain.
“There’s no problem with him having banter with his teammates, that’s absolutely fine. If someone was to say he was taking the mickey out of Riyad Mahrez, you’d say it was banter, they’ve got that rapport.
“But if you take it out of another domain and you pick another player, single him out, and ridicule him because you think you’re in a position to do so, where’s that going to end?”
Almiron initially had a tough time following his £21million transfer from Atlanta United to Newcastle in 2019, which was then a club record.
He had not scored more than four goals in the top-flight in a single season prior to this one.
But the 28-year-old has been on a mission this term and has bagged against Manchester City, Fulham (twice), Brentford and Everton.
Almiron now has five Premier League goals this term – already his best return in his fifth season in the Premier League.
Asked about Almiron’s response to the Grealish jibe after Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Everton, Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe said: “I don’t think Miggy is motivated by anything other than trying to be his best for Newcastle and for the supporters, who absolutely love him and rightly so.
“For me, he’s given me everything from day one, very committed to the team. He’s a real team player and he’s getting the recognition that he deserves. You can’t under-estimate the quality of the goals that he’s delivered for us.
“I don’t think I’ve noticed a difference in his character. He’s been very consistent – that’s a strength – he’s been very happy every day, very pleased to be part of the team, has very close friends within the squad.
“What I have noticed is a real confidence in his training, in his technical delivery of what we’re asking him to do – I think that’s definitely gone up a level.”