A spirited first-half at Stamford Bridge had Newcastle had fans dreaming of grabbing the points against Chelsea, but they faded after the interval and went down to a single goal defeat.
Allan Saint-Maximin tormented the home defence virtually every time he got the ball, with him mazing in and out of blue shirts, but with little in support, there was no end product.
Miguel Almiron also tried his best to emulate the feats of the Frenchman, but despite some promising darts, he found himself going down too many blind alleys.
The Paraguayan is low on confidence, and that was obvious as his reluctance to try an effort at goal proved as much, and it leaves Steve Bruce with a big dilemma.
Almiron desperately needs a goal, it will surely transform him, and see him discover the form that tempted Rafa Benitez to break Newcastle’s transfer record in January.
But without scoring, he is clearly struggling, and a spell on the bench must loom for the former MLS star, if he does not break his duck soon.
So how long does Steve Bruce persist with him, in the hope that he turns things around?
Steve Bruce should use Almiron as an impact sub for a while
In fact, the answer may be easier than it looks.
Sitting Almiron on the bench for a couple of weeks could turn out to be something of a masterstroke.
Having an energetic Almiron coming on after 65 minutes of a game, against a tiring defence, could see him terrorising defenders, and may actually be the best chance for him to get that elusive goal.
But some Toon fans have seen enough, and are beginning to doubt Almiron’s ability.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions to the former Atlanta United’s performance at Chelsea:
Sorry, but Almiron is simply not good enough. #NUFC
— NUFC Rumours (@NUFCrumours) October 19, 2019
Watching the match and @BBCMOTD effort is there from some!! Almiron needs droppin or change the formation!! hes going to be another ben arfa!! Joelinton might aswel not play!! 10 men in owa own half is askin for trouble!! This formation does not work!! #NUFC #HWTL
— Ryan Warnaby (@WarnabyRyan) October 20, 2019
Please don’t start Almiron again… the right side was atrocious. Will take Manquillo and Atsu over Yedlin and Almiron. The headless horseman can come in as a sub and probably have a better chance against tired legs.
— Alejandro Robelo (@alexrobelo) October 19, 2019
Saint-Maximin is breath of fresh https://t.co/PNjzbsL3Un joy to watch and had another excellent game.Unfortunately for him,he has slow paced Joelinton and the headless chicken in Almiron alongside him that Peg all his hard work.
— Ramin Bahar (@NufcRamin) October 19, 2019
Journalist’s ability to find excuse for Almiron every gameweek is incredible #nufc
— Robin Chan (@robinthebest) October 19, 2019
Almiron with 19 premier league games without a goal contribution thats half a premier league season
— Cam (@cam_nufc) October 19, 2019
What we betting that Almiron’s first goal for #NUFC gets chalked off by VAR?
— TeessideMag (@Teesside_Mag) October 20, 2019
Said it for a while now but Carroll and Gayle will be our strikers as Joelinton and Almiron are just toothless . #nufc
— MichaelMM (@mickmar29) October 19, 2019
Almiron is not premier league quality, not even 1 assist or a goal since he has been here and his diving is embarrassing.
— snapshotsuperstar (@snapshotsupers1) October 19, 2019
when they break on the counter they don’t go as a unit it’s just like smash a pass up and hope or almiron run in a straight line and lose the ball
— Dazza (@NUFC_DazzaD) October 19, 2019