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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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