By Paul Robinson

12th Dec, 2019 | 5:08pm

Exclusive: Robinson blasts Newcastle mainstay who may soon lose first-team spot to fringe player

Paul Robinson blasted Newcastle United attacker Miguel Almiron and suggested he was at risk of losing his first-team spot to Christian Atsu.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England No.1 suggested Atsu likely has a great opportunity to impress with Allan Saint-Maximin out injured.

The French winger will be out for a month with Atsu, who has been on the fringes of the Magpies’ squad, a likely contender to replace him in Steve Bruce’s side.

Robinson explained that if Atsu does well then he may end up staying in the team even when Saint-Maximin is fit again if Almiron continues to be wasteful.

When asked whether Atsu will have a good opportunity following Saint-Maximin’s injury, Robinson told Football Insider: “Yeah there’s an opportunity but it’s unfortunate for Saint-Maximin as he has been slowly getting better.

“There’s always a threat there, he got his goal and assist and was starting to enjoy his football so it’s very unfortunate for him. 

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“But for Atsu it’s an opportunity with someone out for a month, he’s got a few games, potentially a run in the side, to add to his assist tally.

“The one thing with Newcastle is maybe they haven’t scored as many as they should have done and with Almiron being as wasteful as he is, it might be an opportunity for Atsu.

“As if Saint-Maximin comes back and Almiron still hasn’t got many goals or assists, then Atsu could take his place in the team.”

Almiron has been a mainstay in Bruce’s side with him featuring in every Premier League game this season however the Paraguayan is yet to score a goal and has only one assist to his name.

In comparison, Atsu has been sparingly-used by Bruce and limited to cameo appearances however the 27-year-old has managed to rack up three Premier League assists so far.

In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent claimed something must be going on behind-the-scenes regarding senior Newcastle player.