Darren Bent has revealed that Newcastle United attacker Miguel Almiron had him screaming at his TV during the 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Sunderland and England striker admitted he was tearing his hair out over what he saw from the Paraguayan maestro at St James’ Park as his goalless run for the Magpies continued.
Almiron has had a number of clear-cut chances to break his duck for the north east heavyweights since moving from the MLS, including a one-on-one chance on Sunday which was eventually blocked by Harry Maguire.
Bent says that what he saw against the Red Devils had him actually shouting at the TV as another opportunity went begging for the 25-year-old.
Bent told Football Insider: “I was watching the game on Sky and not only what a result, but what a performance. If there was a game where Steve Bruce got his team selection and tactics absolutely spot on, it was then.
“I thought he got his tactics right against Liverpool but unfortunately they had more quality than Manchester United. You always felt Liverpool would come on and score. Fortunately Manchester United don’t have that same quality.
“Newcastle were hard to beat, first half they limited Manchester United to that one chance from Maguire header and then Almiron took half a year to shoot – I was screaming: ‘Shoot, shoot!’ but it’s obviously not going right for him.”
Almiron has now gone 18 games without producing a goal or an assist for the Magpies, despite showing promising movement to get into excellent positions to get that particular monkey off his back.
Newcastle’s next game sees them take on Chelsea, the Blues having beaten Southampton in their last outing to sit fifth in the table.
In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent was left bowled over by one Magpie who he would hate to play against.