While few Newcastle fans appear to be defending Miguel Almiron's performance in the Magpies' defeat to Norwich on Saturday, there appears to a big division emerging regarding the reason for his struggles at Carrow Road.
A Teemu Pukki hat-trick ensured that Steve Bruce's men will go into next weekend's clash with Tottenham still looking for their first point of the new campaign. Jonjo Shelvey's stoppage-time strike made the scoreline a little more respectable.
It was an incredibly frustrating afternoon for Newcastle going forward, with Joelinton often looking isolated. Bruce named the club-record signing up front alongside Almiron, but the pair did not manage to strike up any sort of chemistry with the Paraguay international rarely putting himself in a position to support his teammate.
Whoscored.com shows that Almiron only completed 18 passes, attempted one dribble and registered just one shot on goal. That attempt did not test former Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul as it went off target.
Almiron's form has left some supporters divided, with some questioning the playmaker's ability and others suggesting that Bruce is to blame for the system that he used against the Canaries.
Those blaming Bruce believe that Almiron is best suited to being a part of a front three, but it does appear that the concerns over Almiron's continued wait to provide a goal or assist are also growing, with many expecting to see him build on the promise that he showed during the second-half of last season.
Here is how some of the supporters reacted to Almiron's performance at Norwich...
I thought Almiron looked clueless— Dave Horne (@nufc3000) August 18, 2019
Almiron changed our season last year IMO, his introduction in Jan brought much needed pace to the team and undoubtedly brought out the best in Perez and Robson in a front 3. Playing in this system, he looks like a lost kid. Bruce has ruined the kid in 2 games. #nufc— Chris Black (@ChrisBlack10) August 18, 2019
Is Almiron just Obertan with a Michael Jackson mask on? #NUFC— Shaun Watson (@ShaunWatson86) August 17, 2019
Don’t know why our fans still hold out hope for Almiron, he’s hopeless, he can sprint around all day but that achieves nothing, he doesn’t score, doesn’t assist, doesn’t beat a man with skill. Standing out in the MLS is like standing out in the Irish second division #nufc— Craig Johnston (@craigjnufc) August 17, 2019
I gave him time, but I can now publicly say. Almirón is a headless chicken. #nufc— Robin Verhagen (@robinnufc) August 17, 2019
How long is Almiron gonna get the benefit of the doubt for having absolutely no impact on games before he’s dropped #NUFC— john (@john___11_) August 17, 2019
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