Bent: Bruce must keep faith in Almiron

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Darren Bent has suggested that Steve Bruce must keep faith in Newcastle United forward Miguel Almiron after his role in the 3-2 win v West Ham.

The Sky Sports pundit couldn’t believe that the Paraguayan international hasn’t yet scored a goal for the Magpies since joining in January, especially after the impressive role he had at the London Stadium.

Bent admitted that Almiron is doing everything right at the moment in the final third, and the only thing that he is missing is his first goal for the club – something that he believes is around the corner for the 25-year-old.

“It’s just with him, it’s just a mad one,” he told Football Insider.

“He does so much stuff well, so many things well that you’re almost desperate for him to score, he does all the hard stuff and the last little bit of quality where you just got to put it in the net…he doesn’t do it.

“So, I’m sure his goal will come and Bruce must just keep his faith in him as he is doing really well, he’s making it difficult for his opponents, he’s creating opportunities, he’s just not sticking it in the back of the net.

“And you’d just like to think that a goal will come sooner rather than later.”


Almiron was one of the many shining lights in the Newcastle squad in their win against West Ham on Saturday. The Paraguayan international had Aaron Cresswell tangled up for the majority of the game, and the defender had no answers to how easily the little forward went past him time after time. The 25-year-old did miss a couple of chances, one of those the perfect opportunity to get his goal, but Bruce will not be too concerned at this moment. Should Almiron have been drifting through games making no impact he will have been surely axed, but the fact he consistently causes problems for opposing defences proves he is worthy of his spot. Almiron will find the back of the net sooner rather later, and the bigger positive to come from the game was the front three including Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin finally came together, and that can only mean good things for Almiron moving forward.

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