Ahead of Newcastle’s game against Brighton this Sunday, Steve Bruce has been speaking to the media.

The Magpies boss was quizzed on the performance against Blackburn and Dan Barlaser’s display too, but he was also asked about Miguel Almiron’s start to the campaign.

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The 26-cap Paraguay international started on the bench for our Premier League opener against West Ham, as Bruce decided to throw new signings Jeff Hendrick and Callum Wilson straight into the mix.

When asked why he left the £20 million signing out, The Chronicle quote Bruce as saying: ‘Listen, I left him out – I think you all know what I think of Almiron, he’s a manager’s delight.

‘I made a call on Saturday because we needed to be able to match West Ham physically, otherwise the game might have been out of sight for us.’

 

That is fair enough. However, Almiron’s attitude has been exemplary and he does deserve to start against the Seagulls as a result.

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The 26-year-old still managed to grab an assist off the bench against the Hammers. He then set up his second goal in two games with a delicious pass for Ryan Fraser against Blackburn on an evening where we probably didn’t deserve to get the win.

Almiron has knuckled down and impressively delivered two assists in two games.

Despite Brighton also being a physical outfit with Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster and Ben White at the back, the ex-Atlanta playmaker has earned a start.

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