How are Newcastle going to survive without Miguel Almiron?
The 27-year-old went off injured in the 1-1 draw against Wolves, with Steve Bruce stating that they ‘fear the worse’.
It is unclear how long Almiron will be out for until the club confirm results of his scan.
Whether it’s for one game or the rest of the season, Newcastle will need to find a replacement.
Almiron is one of the club’s best players, and is pivotal to the diamond system that has been brought in since Graeme Jones’ arrival.
Miggy plays at the tip of the diamond, where he can get on the ball more and lead the press.
Without him, it’s hard to see how we will cope. Add that to Allan Saint-Maximin possibly joining Callum Wilson on the injury list as well and it’s a recipe for disaster.
But while Ryan Fraser can take ASM’s place, Almiron’s replacement isn’t as obvious.
Fresh chance for Longstaff?
One contender has to be Sean Longstaff.
The midfielder hasn’t featured at all since the defeat to Sheffield United. On that famous night, he was one of two ‘false 10s’…whatever that means.
Regardless, it didn’t work, and Longstaff has since struggled to even get on the bench.
But the injury to Almiron could hand him an opportunity.
We saw last season that Longstaff can thrive in a more attacking role. He did it in the FA Cup and he also did it in the league.
Before he got injured away to Bournemouth, Longstaff was probably enjoying his best game in a Newcastle shirt.
Due to changes in system, Longstaff hasn’t had another chance in this role. But the injury to Almiron could hand him the chance he needs.
It’s been a terrible season so far for Newcastle. But it’s also been a terrible season for Sean Longstaff.
While his brother showed flashes of talent over Christmas, Sean has never really put together a string of consistent performances.
But with limited options to replace Almiron, this could the opportunity he’s needed to reignite his Newcastle career.