In a recent article for The Shields Gazette, Liam Kennedy discussed five issues currently facing Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce.
One of the topics that the journalist discussed as an important issue for the Newcastle United manager to address was the Toon’s system, in terms of using his players in the best possible way.
Bruce’s failure to use Almiron correctly
One player that Kennedy indicated Bruce must use more effectively is Miguel Almiron.
This comes after the Paraguay international has been played on the left by Bruce in four of the Toon’s last five Premier League games.
Big decision for the Newcastle United manager
After claiming that Almiron has been used ineffectively by the Toon boss, Kennedy suggested that if Bruce can’t use the 26-year-old in his best role, then perhaps he shouldn’t have a place in the starting XI at all.
Though the journalist clarified that if he were in Bruce’s position, Almiron would ‘always have a place’ in the starting XI, he explained that it doesn’t seem as though the player naturally fits into Bruce’s system at St. James’ Park and as a result, rather than shoehorning him into a role that he’s not quite suited to, he should perhaps be benched.
Per WhoScored, Almiron, who is the North East club’s third-most expensive signing of all time, has earned an overall rating of 6.53 in the league this season, which is lower than 10 other Toon players and the lowest average rating he’s earned in any season of his entire club career, at Newcastle or elsewhere.
Is Bruce using Almiron correctly?
As a result, it’s certainly arguable that Bruce is not using the Paraguayan to the best of his ability this term and so, despite the Toon paying a relatively high transfer fee to sign him, maybe Kennedy is right in suggesting that he might not warrant a place in the North East club’s starting XI at present.
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