In our predicted line-up yesterday, we had both Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron in the starting eleven. There had been some murmurings that Almiron would be dropped for Leicester City to possibly make way for Saint-Maximin.
We feel that Bruce will want both of the players on the pitch together due to the threat they offer. While dropping Christian Atsu would seem a bit harsh, we just get the feeling that Bruce will go with the two marquee signings.
Yesterday, Bruce spoke about both players and their chances for Sunday. While Saint-Maximin is still coming back to full fitness from his hamstring injury, the question mark surrounding Almiron has been his struggles in front of goal.
Steve Bruce had this to say about Allan’s availability to start for tomorrow:
“I have got to make that decision. Is he fit to start? It is still niggling around where mentally he still feels he is not quite 100%. I will see what today and tomorrow brings. I hope so.”
From all accounts, Allan should be fit enough to start on Sunday. Steve seems to be more concerned about the 22-year-old having reservations about his hamstring. We saw no hesitation last Saturday, however, as Allan was more than comfortable taking on Brighton players.
Miguel Almiron may also have something weighing on his mind but it is not his hamstring. His lack of goals for the club seem to be affecting the Paraguayan’s mentality. However, Bruce has often said that he just needs to get his first goal and that will help him settle.
This is how Steve Bruce handled the question about Miguel Almiron keeping his place:
“I haven’t thought about him coming out the team because I think he’s a very, very good player. I’ve got to stick with him because hopefully he will get a goal and that will turn it around a bit.
“He takes the ball. His willingness is remarkable. However, he’s got to be a bit more selfish himself and hopefully score a goal. Once he gets one it will change for him.
“The biggest problem with Miggy is always a type like him is: Where do you play him? What is his best position? He’s a really, really good footballer. That’s the key to it. He’s not an out and out centre-forward or a natural No 10 either.
“He’s an old-fashioned inside forward, so we have go to try and get the best out of him. In that position, he’s got to score a goal. We understand that.”
Bruce has practically confirmed that Miguel will not be dropped. Unless, of course, he is being coy. We don’t think he is and hope that Almiron does retain his place at Leicester City. We also expect that Allan Saint-Maximin will get his second start of the season.
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