Miguel Almiron 'Frustrated' at Lack of Early Season Minutes at Newcastle

Newcastle United playmaker Miguel Almiron is said to be frustrated with his limited playing time this season.

The Paraguayan has started just one game so far in the current Premier League campaign, alongside three substitute appearances, totalling 129 minutes from Newcastle's opening five fixtures.

Almiron's only start came in the draw against Tottenham Hotspur | Pool/Getty Images

Manager Steve Bruce has generally preferred the likes of Jeff Hendrick and Joelinton ahead of the former Atlanta United midfielder, suggesting that he is out of favour at St. James' Park. And, according to ChronicleLive, the Paraguayan is unhappy with his current situation.

Almiron signed for the Magpies in January 2019 for a then club-record fee of £21m from the MLS side. He took a while to adjust to English football, failing to score or assist in his first six months at the club.

However, he has since become far more productive for the northerners, ending the previous campaign as the club's top scorer in all competitions with eight.

The 26-year-old began the season with one goal and three assists in his first four outings, helping Newcastle reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. Despite this, he was an unused substitute in the home victory against Burnley, and came on with just two minutes remaining during the visit of Manchester United.

Almiron has been on the bench for most of the season | Pool/Getty Images

However, Steve Bruce insists that he is a fan of the attacking midfielder. He labelled Almiron 'manager's delight' in a press conference last month before the draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

When asked about the Paraguayan's exclusion from the first two starting lineups, Bruce said (via ChronicleLive): "Sometimes, you have to make decisions which really upset you.

"Everybody knows what I think of Almiron. He trains every day, he is a manager's delight and a very good player. He's unlucky not to have started in the league.

"I picked a team which I thought was capable of getting a result against West Ham and, in hindsight, I maybe should have brought him back for Brighton."

Next on the horizon for Newcastle is a visit to Molineux on Sunday to face sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Source : 90min