It was reported by the Daily Star that the Magpies’ boss was considering axing the Paraguayan from his starting line-up due to the player’s poor start to the season.
Bruce admitted in the pre-match press conference, as quoted by the Shields Gazette, that he is going to stick with the forward, in the hope that he can score his first goal for the club.
“I haven’t thought about him coming out the team, because I think he’s a very, very good player,” he said.
“I’ve got to stick with him, because, hopefully, he will get a goal and that will turn things around a bit.”
Should Bruce have made the decision to drop Almiron and bring in Fernandez, then he would have been the victim of his own downfall. After being dominated for the majority of the game against Brighton, bringing in another defender in place of a forward would have just put them on their way to defeat. Newcastle have struggled to score this season, and have only scored four times in their six opening games. The Magpies’ have yet to score more than once in a single game so far, and that only highlights the problem facing them. Almiron may not have been involved in any goals so far for the club, but his creativity and flair will be vital if they are too change that around throughout the season. Almiron is in the top five for most shots and dribbles completed in the Magpies’ squad according to WhoScored, and Bruce will be relying on the 25-year-old to make a difference, not just against Leicester but for the entire season.