Steve Bruce could make wholesale changes to his side this afternoon. The head coach is desperate to make Newcastle more of a threat in the final third.
To do that, there could be new roles for some of our attackers. One of those is Miguel Almiron, who has cooled off a bit after scoring in three straight matches, including two in the FA Cup, in January.
It could be no coincidence that Almiron stopped scoring after Bruce moved him back to the right wing. Miguel has played centrally or on the left for all four of his goals this season.
Bruce could again experiment with the 26-year-old’s role this afternoon against Burnley. In fact, we think he will play as a number 10 behind Dwight Gayle.
While Almiron has struggled of late, there’s not much of a chance that he’ll be one of the attackers sacrificed this afternoon. Steve Bruce really rates the Paraguayan and what he brings to the team.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bruce’s son Alex made the following assessment of Almiron.
“When you’re a football player and you know your stuff about football, if you go and
watch him live, you realize that, in my opinion, Almiron’s a real top, top player.
“His work rate, he’s such a good teammate to have, the amount of miles he covers.
“Yes, you might want him to score more goals but you just have a look and him and think: ‘Wow, what a good player to have.’
“He takes you up the pitch, he works back, he does the ugly things brilliantly and I think he’s only just now getting the credits that he deserves because people are standing up and going, ‘he’s a bloody good player, this lad’.
“I know my dad loves him, he’s a manager’s dream with the work rate that he puts in. He turns up every single week and he tries his socks off and as a manager, you can’t ask for any more.”
Steve Bruce will likely change the system this afternoon, and getting the best out of Miguel will be one of his aims in doing so. Playing him centrally or even on the left could spark Miguel back to life in the final third, where he’s not been much of a threat lately.
Almiron always brings his passion and intensity but Newcastle need goals. Getting Almiron back to where he was in January and late December could be one answer to some of our problems in front of goal.