Steve Bruce comments on Newcastle United's Miguel Almiron

Steve Bruce the head coach

Miguel Almidón has not scored in 14 games for Newcastle United since signing.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James's Park, Newcastle on Saturday 31st August 2019.

Steve Bruce has admitted to the Chronicle that he was taken aback by the talents of Newcastle United winger Miguel Almiron the first time that he saw him.

Almiron is facing some questions about his ability at Newcastle, as his goalscoring struggles have continued into the new campaign.

Almiron has not scored in 14 appearances for Newcastle since signing last January.

But Bruce insists that the Paraguayan international is good enough to make an impact at St. James’ Park.

 

“(The) first time I saw him I thought, ‘Wow, what a good player he is.’ He’s a good player, the kid,” Bruce said.

“I think he needs a bit like when Joelinton scored. I think he feels he’s had a few chances. Last week, he had two great opportunities but didn’t take them but what he contributes to the team – you cannot but admire the way he plays.”

Almiron’s tireless work-rate has kept him in Newcastle’s team, but it does seem that the striking role is one which doesn’t suit him ideally.

Newcastle United's Miguel Almiron rounds Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster and puts the ball in the net but the 'goal' is disallowed for offside during the Premier League match between...

Bruce started the 25-year-old up-front with Joelinton at the start of the campaign, but he has been moved back into a wider role more recently, and looked more effective.

Almiron did finally hit the back of the net for Paraguay over the international break, and the hope is that goal could boost his confidence.

Almiron faces a tough task to break his scoring duck in Newcastle’s next game, as it comes against top of the table Liverpool.

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