Miguel Almiron was a prolific goal-scorer in the MLS for Atlanta United, and Newcastle fans had hoped that form would translate to his performances in the Premier League.
But he has been unable to find the elusive first goal to really kick-off his Newcastle career, but Steve Bruce insists once it arrives – however scruffy it may be – it will be the making of the Paraguayan forward.
The Chronicle report Bruce reinforced that opinion during his press conference on Friday, adding that he continually speaks to the player about it.
“I‘ve spoken with him every day,” the Newcastle head coach confirmed. “I am convinced once he gets one more will follow.”
His comments came a couple of days after he tried to allay fears that the lack of goals was affecting his game, with Bruce stressing the importance of remembering the relatively short time he has been playing in England.
Speaking of his first Paraguay goal that came during the last international break, Bruce said: “It was a good goal for him – and now he needs one like it for Newcastle!
“I have already said that Miguel needs to get a goal and he will calm down again.”
“He’s one of them where nothing really fazes him.”
Almiron should play against Brighton to hope he finds the net
Certainly Almiron does need a goal, and with Newcastle struggling to find the net as a team, the responsibility ultimately lies with the forwards.
A goal will surely come, as we all know he has the ability to get them, and once again we can look back at how we would not even be having this conversation, but for the width of a post in his home debut against Huddersfield last season.
But it is a balancing act for Bruce to overcome, whether to persist with Almiron while his drought continues, or take him out of the firing line for a week or two, especially with Allan Saint-Maximin and Andy Carroll set to return.
Personally, I would definitely start Almiron against Brighton, as a home game against a struggling Seagulls side will represent the best opportunity for him to get the goal both he, and everyone associated with the club, craves.
The sooner that happens, the better for it will be for everyone, especially Newcastle.