When Allan Saint-Maximin came on for Miguel Almiron late against Brighton, the team carried much more of a threat. Almiron had a quiet game, and while he still worked hard, was unable to create many chances or take the couple that came his way.
One issue that might be plaguing the 25-year-old is with his confidence. Saint-Maximin was full of vigor when he came on while Almiron did not have the same level of swagger as the Frenchman.
There is a report in Daily Star that says Bruce is considering dropping Miguel Almiron to the bench for the trip to Leicester City.
However, it will likely depend on the availability of Allan Saint-Maximin, who is facing a fitness test this week. There are limited options to replace Almiron if Saint-Maximin can’t make the trip.
That is unless Steve Bruce completely revamps his team which is something the Daily Star hints at.
The report mentions that there may be wholesale changes in the side that faces the Foxes. Bruce may opt to push Fabian Schar into a midfield anchor role and draft Federico Fernandez into the team.
Bruce tried something different against Brighton, but it completely backfired. A whole week of work on the training pitch had to be trashed after about 20 minutes.
If these reports are accurate, Bruce may be open to trying something new at Leicester as well. While a lot will depend on who he has available, Bruce needs to figure out a way to get this team to click.
The return of Sean Longstaff should help. The Daily Star is also reporting that he should be back for Sunday. We hope we’ll get a positive update on Matt Ritchie for Sunday as well.
Both Sean and Matt have been sorely missed over the past few weeks. Having them back in the squad should help shore up some of the issues we saw last weekend.