West Ham United defender Fabian Balbuena believes Miguel Almiron is not being used correctly by Steve Bruce.
The Paraguayan was speaking about his international teammate ahead of the Hammers’ clash with Newcastle United this weekend.
Almiron is still searching for his first Magpies goal following his £20 million transfer from Atlanta United in January (ESPN).
The 25-year-old has struggled to adapt to English football, but some feel he has not been helped by Steve Bruce’s management.
Almiron has featured out wide more often than not this season, and Balbuena blames that for his lack of effectiveness.
He told West Ham’s official website: “Now he is playing in a different position and the Premier League is a big difference from the MLS.
“But he is a very good player, a very technical player and a very quick player, so hopefully he will do well.
“I think his manager wants him to play on the wing but for me I think he would be able to show more if he is playing in the centre, in the No10 position.
“He is doing well but, for me, he would do even better in his position.”
TBR’s view – Almiron more effective centrally
Almiron is clearly wasted out on the wing, and Bruce should be using him in the position where he got so much joy for Atlanta.
There are more options for Almiron in the number 10 role and more freedom. He does not seem as comfortable on the wing where there can often be less room to maneuver.
Admittedly Almiron should be showing more, but Bruce can make his job a lot easier by bringing him inside.