Noel Whelan suggested that Newcastle United attacker Miguel Almiron could be axed by Steve Bruce for the trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City attacker revealed that Bruce may need to play a more defensive-minded player against the Blues in favour of Almiron.
The Magpies attacker has started every Premier League game this season but is yet to score a goal or register an assist in his outings.
Whelan admitted that when you consider Bruce hasn’t seen the best of Almiron and that his side may need to be a little bit more steely against Frank Lampard’s team then the 25-year-old could be axed.
When asked if Almiron could be axed for the clash with Chelsea, Whelan told Football Insider: “Well look, you’re playing away from home against Chelsea, you may need a little bit more steel.
“Also you can’t just rely on defending as we saw that against Tottenham, you have to go attack a side, you can’t just sit back with 10-men behind the ball, so you have to make sure you get the balance right.
“Although maybe he’s the player you’re looking at and you’re thinking you need someone more defensive-minded rather than someone who adds to the attacking side of the game.
“We haven’t seen the best of him either, he got sent off for his country when he was away so maybe Steve Bruce will be thinking of bolstering his midfield/wing area with someone who is more industrious as I think you’re going to need that against Chelsea.”
Almiron arrived at St James Park in January 2019 after the Magpies decided to splash £20million on acquiring his services for MLS side Atlanta United.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder featured in the MLS team of the year ahead of joining Newcastle and scored 13 goals in 38 outings for the American club in his last campaign with them.
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