Miguel Almiron had an outstanding performance against West Brom in the FA Cup fifth round. His two sublime finishes in the first half gave Newcastle a comfortable 2 goal cushion at the break.
His second goal came in added time off a deft backheel from strike partner Joelinton. That goal moved Miguel into the lead for Newcastle with 6 for the season.
Both Almiron and Joelinton have been named to WhoScored’s FA Cup Team of the Round for their performances on Tuesday.
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 6, 2020
Steve Bruce’s change in formation at Burnley has allowed him to use Miguel Almiron in his preferred position over the past two weeks.
Miguel played behind Dwight Gayle over the weekend but was lethal when linking with Joelinton on Tuesday.
Bruce has spoken to nufc.co.uk about Almiron and how this new formation has allowed the Paraguayan to shine recently.
“We’ve played him in his best position, for me, which is probably off the front. The last two games, in particular, he’s looked like a really, really good player.
“It’s brought him back to life again. He took his goals brilliantly well the other day.
“It took him a long time to get up and running, but you cannot deny the kid’s a very, very good player, who’s a manager’s dream. Running-wise, every statistic he wins – whether it’s training or in a match.
“He’s one of those delights to manage. He’s never a problem – he trains and plays with a smile on his face. You want people like that to do well, and he’s arguably our best player.
“I think it’s important he plays in his position. I think he’s played to a side to help the team and the balance of the team, but we’ve certainly seen the best of him over the past couple of matches.”
Bruce moved Almiron back to the right after he had scored against Wolves in January. The goals quickly dried up over the next five Premier League matches as he continued on the right wing.
With Matt Ritchie and Valentino Lazaro the likely choices on the right going forward, that’ll allow Almiron to continue as a second striker behind either Dwight Gayle or Joelinton.
Hopefully, we’ll see a few more of the wonderful finishes Miguel has provided this season.
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