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Can Bruce Get Magpie Back To Posing A Threat In Front Of Goal?



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.


28 comments so far

  • fairscup

    Feb 29, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Lesh – best Peter Green song “I need your love so bad” the long version.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 29, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Various takes here, fairscup:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCLcHvVa3D8

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 29, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Fairscup

    Love that song.

    Both the original and Gary Moore version.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 29, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    I think we have more reason to be referred to as ‘Bin-dippers’!

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 29, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry, I might’ve broke the echo chamber. 😀 Don’t worry, I’m going to the match, you carry on.

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  • jimiley

    Feb 29, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #6

    I support the team not the regime. The owner has nowt to to do with me.
    Really?

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    I like this earlier from bobbybee; We go to watch the game, not the owner. Couldn’t care less who owns us, as long as the players give their all – and they are. Granted, some aren’t good enough – neither is the management – but when how good you are determines whether you support us or not says far more about you lot than it does about us.

    Sums up what I said the other day but far more eloquently – if you are a fan, you are a fan. Win lose or draw.

    HWTL and let’s stuff Burnley today.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Fairscup …

    read your post earlier about ALBATROSS , last year when the wife and i were on a cruise they had a Filipino band on the ship they done the song lead guitarist was really good he didn’t use a plec , they done a good version of it mate . he was only a young lad maybe 25 very talented …

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #9

    repost missed the bus.

    Bobbybee
    Your post has been the biggest Whine this week, HAHAHA. enjoy the match.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #10

    if we start with gayle , will he last a full game ? … same goes with shelvey …

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Oh bobby the arse licker has clocked you mate.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #12

    jimiley,
    I’nm another one who totally believes in support the team not the regime.

    I did exactly the same through the McKeag era and I’ll keep doing the same under this one.

    I’m a fan you see.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Bobby …

    you go the match mate youv’e paid your dues mate through thick and thin . if i was still living in the area i’d be there today …

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Saxon,

    You show the person behind the keyboard with your constant use of bile.

    One of this blogs most putrid posters.

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  • Jib

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #15

    This final version
    https://youtu.be/RtmW2ek7WkQ

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #16

    and I didn’t name you.

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  • jimiley

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17

    How you can say the owner has nothing to do with supporting the team defies logic.
    Let’s say the owner is Adolf Hitler. What say you then?
    Nowt to do with me? I support the team.

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  • Jib

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #18

    He’s dead
    He supported Hertha Berlin anyway
    😛

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Bills one thing I have is humour, try it you might get like to it, and maybe gain some friends

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Anglo, I saw your post earlier. “Bring on the virus to kill off dissenting voices on the blog” – older supporters. That’s beyond disappointing. Maybe you might be lucky to see past 60 – maybe not.
    Wanting people dead who shame you regards being a supporter – that’s pretty shameful.
    Just because the loudest mouths don’t understand what being a die hard fan is – ie, stick by the club through good and bad times – no need for comments like that.
    The truth is, you lot only want to follow the club when we do well. That’s it. End of. You’re CUSTOMERS, not fans. You don’t get it and therefore don’t get us. Truth is, I don’t get you either. Any of you.

    Just go. We never won anything, but we always had a hard core of loyal fans. Die hards. Other clubs were winning clubs, but we held the crown for loyalty.
    Those bailing out now are an embarrassment to that. Arrived with KK and now wishing they hadn’t.
    Just go. Leave. Nobody will miss you. Hint of success and you’ll all come flooding back. The fact that you constantly keep reiterating your excuses just shows that you’re not trying to convince us, you’re trying to convince yourselves. You don’t need to. Just go do something else.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Well done the U23s Yesterday. 2-0 Elliot and Allen

    Team
    Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner, Lewis Cass, Ludwig Francillette, Oisín McEntee, Liam Gibson, Jack Young (Kyle Scott 84), Mo Sangare, Tom Allan, Rosaire Longelo (Adam Wilson 70), Elliot Anderson (Victor Fernández 81), Yannick Touré.

    Subs not used: Will Brown.

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  • fairscup

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Droppy – same guitar too!

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  • fairscup

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Glad you and the wife enjoyed it Tom.

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Bobby 13 years, when is enough, enough and yes older than 60 mate don’t wish death on anyone life’s hard enough without wishing that on anybody.
    And bobby I’m one of 90% on this blog that wants change stop pissing against the wind mate.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #25

    burnley have some big lads in their team , do we have enough height to combat them from corners free kicks ect ( et cetera thats for the blog police )

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  • jimiley

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Bobby
    What utter drivel.
    You claim that supporters who do not attend now because of Ashley are plastic supporters and only supported the club during the Keegan years. Drivel.
    I hope you are sat next to a freebie season ticket holder. Enjoy the banter

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  • jimiley

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Bobby
    The conversation with the freebie could be:
    Bob . I am here because I am a proper superior fan and it’s in my blood
    Freebie; I am only here because it’s free.

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  • IrishRob

    Feb 29, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #28

    NO HE CANT!!
    Through no fault of Sir Miggy.

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