West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena suggested that Newcastle ace Miguel Almiron would be more dangerous if he was utilised centrally by Steve Bruce, rather than out on the wing, when speaking to WHUFC.com.
The 25-year-old joined the Magpies from MLS side Atlanta United in January 2019 for around £20 million, according to BBC Sport.
The Paraguay international has really struggled at St James’ Park, however. He has failed to notch either a goal or an assist in 20 appearances for Newcastle.
Almiron has mostly been used out wide. According to TransferMarkt, 15 of his 20 appearances have been on either wing.
The South American seems to be desperately low on confidence.
And his international teammate Fabian Balbuena believes he needs to be played more centrally by Newcastle boss Steve Bruce.
The West Ham centre-back told WHUFC.com:
“Now, he is playing in a different position and the Premier League is a big difference from the MLS, but he is a very good player, a very technical player and a very quick player. I think his manager wants him to play on the wing but for me I think he would be able to show more if he is playing in the centre, in the No10 position. He is happy to be playing in the Premier League, which is the best league in the world, and he is trying to do his best for Newcastle. He is doing well but, for me, he would do even better in his position.”
Balbuena’s advice could backfire…
West Ham face Newcastle at the London Stadium on Saturday. And Almiron will be keen to impress.
Whether Bruce heeds Balbuena’s advice and plays the Paraguayan in a central position, however, remains to be seen.
If the Magpies boss does do just that, Balbuena might live to regret his advice regarding Almiron.