'Absolutely delighted' - Darren Bent raves over 'Brilliant' Bruce decision over Newcastle star

Darren Bent has applauded Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce for keeping faith in Miguel Almiron after the attacker’s first goal for the club.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admitted he was delighted to see the Paraguayan hit the back of the net against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Almiron had gone 26 games without scoring for the Magpies, with his only direct contribution to a goal his assist against Manchester City back in November.

Having seen the former Atlanta United star struggle at St James’ Park, Bent says Newcastle boss Bruce deserved a lot of credit for sticking with his out-of-form attacker.

“We’ve seen him miss tap-ins, we’ve seen him miss some of the easiest finishes out there and yet he scores where he swivels on the half volley into the net,” Bent told Football Insider.

“We know he’s done good before this, he always seems to play well but it was just that last little bit. I’m absolutely delighted that he’s managed to get his first goal because that will give him confidence.

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“Well played to Steve Bruce for sticking with him because a lot of managers would have gone: ‘Nah, not good enough,’ and got rid of him. Look at the Pepe situation (at Arsenal) – he’s sort of become surplus to requirements.

“Steve Bruce has stuck with him, believed in him and sometimes as manager you’ve got to just ride it out. Brilliant management from Steve Bruce and a great, great finish from Almrion. I’m really happy for him.”

Almiron has started and played in all but one of Newcastle’s Premier League games this season, a hamstring injury ruling him out against Burnley.

The Magpies’ Boxing Day fixture sees them take on Manchester United at Old Trafford before playing host to Everton in their final game of 2019.

In other Newcastle United news, Football Insider can reveal that a title-winning side are plotting to sign a Magpies midfielder.