Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce isn’t concerned about the form of Miguel Almiron, despite his struggles in front of goal.
The Paraguay international is yet to score for the Magpies following his £20 million move from Atlanta United (ESPN) back in January.
Against Watford on Saturday, Almiron spurned a gilt-edged chance to break his duck, but the wait goes on for the 25-year-old.
Speaking about the playmaker’s form, Bruce said (quoted by The Chronicle): “Well look, he’s a delight to work with day in and day out.
“It’s one of those where he just needs one to get off. He needs a little break like Hughes got today, something to fall in front of him where it’s practically a tap-in.”
Almiron will now have to wait a couple of weeks before getting another chance to end his dry spell, with the first international break of the season set to commence.
Fans will have expected a few goals from Almiron by now given his exploits for Atlanta, but arguably he still needs some time at Newcastle.
There is undoubtedly a player in there, but the ace appears frantic at times.
His relationship with Joelinton is in its infancy; once their understanding of each other’s games improves then Almiron will thrive.
Perhaps, as Bruce suggests, a first goal will do him wonders and the floodgates will open.
Once that psychological barrier has been broken down, Almiron will surely start making smarter on-field decisions.