'Just a mad one' - Exclusive: Bent mystified by Newcastle player who Bruce 'must' keep faith in

Darren Bent was left mystified as Newcastle United attacker Miguel Almiron’s goal drought continued against West Ham on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international appeared to not understand how Almiron still hadn’t scored a goal for the Magpies as he always manages to do the hard stuff.

Newcastle went 3-0 up against the Hammers on Saturday, the game ended 3-2, but it was Jonjo Shelvey as well as defensive duo Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark who got on the scoresheet for Steve Bruce’s side.

Bent explained that Bruce had to keep his faith in Almiron despite his lack of goals as he was doing everything right and more importantly making life difficult for Newcastle’s opponents.

When asked whether it was a worry that Almiron still didn’t manage to score even when facing a struggling West Ham defence, Bent told Football Insider: “It’s just with him, it’s just a mad one.

“He does so much stuff well, so many things well that you’re almost desperate for him to score, he does all the hard stuff and the last little bit of quality where you just got to put it in the net…he doesn’t do it.

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“So, I’m sure his goal will come and Bruce must just keep his faith in him as he is doing really well, he’s making it difficult for his opponents, he’s creating opportunities, he’s just not sticking it in the back of the net.

“And you’d just like to think that a goal will come sooner rather than later.”

Nine different players have scored for the Magpies this season, but only Shelvey has managed to get on the scoresheet more than once.

Almiron arrived at St James Park in January 2019 after joining from MLS side Atlanta United and in his last campaign for the American club, he managed 13 goals in 38 appearances.

In other Newcastle United news, it can be REVEALED that the Magpies conducted a transfer mission during Leeds United’s 2-0 win over QPR.