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Benitez takes pressure off Toon star

1st April 2019, 06:48 by Michael Holland

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has told midfielder Miguel Almiron not to worry about his lack of goals.

The 25-year-old Paraguay international is six appearances into his career in English football, but is yet to find the back of the net despite turning in a series of impressive displays.

However, Benitez has told him not to fret about that and carry on doing what he has been doing after helping to bring some new vigour to the Magpies.

Asked if Almiron needs a goal ahead of Monday night's visit to Arsenal, Benitez said: "No, not really. Perhaps if I asked the specific question, he would say yes, but he is happy and you can see that in the matches.

"He is doing OK. I do not see any anxiety just because he is not scoring. He is fine.

"You talk about (Salomon) Rondon, (Ayoze) Perez and Almiron and they play well together. But I want to be fair with (Christian) Atsu because he was doing well. Had he not been playing well, that is different.

"Maybe he (Almiron) has more pace going forward causing more problems for defenders, and that is beneficial for Rondon and Ayoze."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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