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Newcastle United: Fans react to claim Steve Bruce will axe Miguel Almiron against Leicester City

Newcastle United: Fans react to claim Steve Bruce will axe Miguel Almiron against Leicester City - Newcastle United

Loads of Newcastle United supporters have been reacting on social media, after the Daily Star claimed that Steve Bruce is set to axe Miguel Almiron for the Magpies’ trip to Leicester City this weekend.

Bruce has vowed to make changes after being held to a goalless draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion, during a game that saw Almiron hauled off in the 73rd minute having spurned a number of chances to score his first goal in England.

Almiron has been short of confidence since the Premier League campaign began in August, and the 25-year-old’s struggles to create as well as score goals has made his name a key candidate should Bruce alter his preferred line-up.

Jonjo Shelvey’s spot in the opening squad is also up for debate, with Ki Sung-Yeung or Sean Longstaff in the running for a starting call-up, should the North Shields-born midfielder be deemed fit to play after recovering from the ankle injury which sidelined him earlier in the campaign.

But with doubt residing over Allan Saint-Maximin’s hamstring, it is suggested that Fabian Schar may be drafted into a reinforced midfield should Almiron also sit out, with Federico Fernandez slotting in at centre-half.

Bruce still envisages Newcastle’s former club-record signing Almiron as a key weapon at his disposal, with the £21million man’s blistering pace a trait he is keen to tap into for his counter-attacking tactics.

Saint-Maximin’s hamstring is continually being assessed ahead of Newcastle’s trip to the King Power Stadium on Sunday to face Leicester, as he reported feeling tightness in it following his return against Brighton.

While Almiron is yet to score a goal for Newcastle or pen an assist this season (TransferMarkt), the Paraguayan has also only played two key balls in his six top-flight outings this term (WhoScored) – far less than Christian Atsu (nine in four games) and Joelinton (eight in six).

Here are a few of the reactions shared to the Daily Star’s suggestion that Bruce is considering axing Almiron from the side that starts at Leicester…


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