Opinion: Is it time for Bruce to drop underperforming Newcastle midfield man?

So far in the Premier League, Newcastle United have had an inconsistent time. The Magpies have won three of their 11 games in the tournament and sit four points clear of the drop zone in 15th place, however, not all of the players are in their finest form.

One man in the Geordies’ squad has been below par for a long time, and that’s despite the high expectations that the fans had of him when he signed for them almost a year ago. Unfortunately, that man is Miguel Almiron, and despite the £20m fee they paid back in January (BBC), he’s yet to score for them.

Since signing, though, the Paraguayan attacking midfield man has made 21 appearances for the northeast Premier League club, although he’s yet to score his first goal or register his first assist for the club, despite being incredible at his previous club Atlanta United in the MLS (Transfermarkt).

In the midfield man’s final season in America, he contributed an incredible 12 goals and 13 assists in the MLS before adding one more in the MLS Cup playoffs (Transfermarkt). However, that form simply hasn’t translated as he’s made the move across the pond.

Now, though, as he’s been used as a right-sided midfielder in a flat-four Steve Bruce just hasn’t been able to get the best out of him and it could be time to let Almiron have some time on the sidelines. It helps that the Magpies have someone who can step straight in for him too in the form of Christian Atsu.

Should Almiron start this weekend?

Yes! He’ll come good

Yes! He'll come good

No way! He’s been rubbish

No way! He's been rubbish

The Ghanaian winger has contributed two assists in his nine games in the league this season despite the fact he’s played just 452 minutes, less than half of Almiron’s 914 so far in the Premier League (Transfermarkt), and bring him into the starting eleven for just the 5th time this season could see some added creativity.

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