Miguel Almiron was in action for Newcastle United against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has told The Chronicle that Miguel Almiron’s confidence is low.

Bruce made the comments following Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea away from home at Stamford Bridge in London in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Almiron started the match, but the 25-year-old attacking midfielder was substituted in the 70th minute.

Bruce has said that the Paraguay international is low in confidence due to his lack of goals, and the Newcastle boss has also explained why he decided to take him off.

Bruce told The Chronicle when asked about taking off Almiron: “Overall, especially first half, we were excellent. We had a few tired bodies. For Allan (Saint-Maximin) it’s only his second game and he tired.

“Almiron has been all over the place so we tried to freshen it up in the second half and the response from them was excellent. Just not quite good enough on the day.”

The Newcastle manager added: “Almiron – for all his good work – his confidence is a bit low because he hasn’t scored since he’s been here in January.

“However his work rate and his effort and endeavour and what he gives the team is there for everyone to see. We just need to give him a goal.”

Stepping up

Almiron is a very good and creative player, but the Paraguay international has not been doing well for Newcastle for a while now.

The 25-year-old has not scored or provided an assist in nine league appearances for the Magpies so far this season, according to WhoScored.

It is clear that Almiron needs to step up, and the St. James’ Park faithful will hope that he will do so soon.

Newcastle are third from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment.

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