There were very few – if any – positives to take from Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday, as they went down with a whimper to the Premier League newcomers.
Steve Bruce’s side were woeful all over the pitch, but it was in attack that will have caused fans most concern, with them looking short of ideas after Joelinton missed his big headed chance in the first half.
But it was Miguel Almiron who was the biggest disappointment, with him often looking like a fish out of water as the number nine’s strike partner.
The main problem is the fact that Almiron is not an out and out striker, and should not be played as one.
His best position is playing just behind the striker, or strikers, and is a creative threat. He should be creating chances for others, not on the end of them.
That is not to say that he should not be scoring goals – of course he should – but he would be more of a threat running from midfield with the ball and picking out the killer pass.
Newcastle need the 2018/2019 version of Miguel Almiron
He looked a much better player last season when he was in the hole between midfield and strike pair Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon last season.
That is his best position, and it is where he should be playing week in, week out.
It is up to Steve Bruce to pick a team around him, that gets the best out of the Paraguayan international.
Whether that is to play a fit Allan Saint-Maximin alongside Joelinton, with Almiron behind them, is for the manager to decide.
But if they continue to play him as a strike partner for the big Brazilian, he will continue to struggle, and that is something Newcastle cannot afford with the difficult run of fixtures coming up.