Monday 01

Newcastle United

Bruce admits to Almiron conundrum

12th September 2019, 14:09 by Jack Ogalbe

Steve Bruce admits he is still to decide where Miguel Almiron fits best into his Newcastle side.

The Paraguayan joined from MLS side Atlanta United in January and, after taking some time to find his feet, started to show signs of promise towards the end of last season.

Rafael Benitez usually utilised him in one of the wide berths supporting Salomon Rondon, but both the Spanish coach and the Venezuelan forward have since left the club.

After the uncertainty of the summer as Rafa’s contract issues rumbled on, Bruce eventually took over on July 17.

The 58-year-old has been open enough to state he is still getting to grips with his squad after a limited pre-season, but has so far guided them to a decent return of four points from as many outings.

Almiron has started all four of those matches and has combined his undoubted guile with plenty of industry.

The 25-year-old, who played as a number 10 during his youth and in Atlanta, has been given a more central role this season, a position he clearly enjoys.

At the same time, he is yet to score for the Toon, something Bruce concedes is a concern.

“He became a free spirit at Atlanta as a No.10, an attacking midfielder,” said Bruce. “That’s the thing you label him and he’s one of them where ‘what is his best position?’ Because if you are off the striker then you have to be getting 10-12 goals a season.”

With Brazilian Joelinton up front, Almiron and his fellow South American could form a decent partnership in attack as a nine and 10.

Bruce admits it is still early days at the club for both players, but even if the combination does not continue to click, he still thinks the Asuncion-born star will have a significant impact this season due to his talent.

“He’ll be OK. As a footballer, he’s a good player,” Bruce added.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

More Newcastle United

Recent Sport Headlines

Horse Racing

Masks won't be a problem - Sullivan

1st June 2020, 14:45

James Sullivan says wearing masks while riding will be strange to start with but, in the end, it shouldn't pose a problem for jockeys.

Horse Racing

Dettori's mind made up by lockdown

31st May 2020, 13:53

Frankie Dettori has revealed that racing's recent shutdown has strengthened his decision over his future in the sport.

Horse Racing

No qualms for Murphy ahead of racing's return

31st May 2020, 13:46

Horse racing will be leading the way as far as elite sport returning in the UK is concerned and Oisin Murphy has no qualms about getting back to work.

Horse Racing

Dettori reveals Stradivarius plans

30th May 2020, 13:16

Frankie Dettori says there is a chance Stradivarius could run in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket on June 5.

Horse Racing

Murphy delighted with Newmarket partner

30th May 2020, 13:10

Jockey Oisin Murphy says he is "delighted" to have been given the ride on Millisle in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on June 7.

Horse Racing

BHA upbeat racing's 'long break' is nearly over

29th May 2020, 17:47

The British Horseracing Authority say they are increasingly confident racing will be cleared to resume from June 1, starting with Monday's card at Newcastle.

Horse Racing

O'Brien plotting three-pronged assault on Newmarket highlights

29th May 2020, 10:47

Aidan O'Brien has indicated he could have three runners in both the 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Cup at Newmarket next month.

Horse Racing

O'Brien talks up Arizona challenge

28th May 2020, 18:48

Aidan O'Brien accepts that the rescheduling of racing may impact his horses but insists Arizona is still in good form ahead of the 2000 Guineas.