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Newcastle: Miguel Almiron must be unleashed against Chelsea

Graeme Jones will be hoping to pull off a surprise on Saturday as Newcastle host Chelsea in the Premier League at St James’ Park.

The Magpies are 19th in the table and winless after nine games, and today they come up against the league leaders off the back of their 7-0 win over Norwich last weekend.

Jones’ first match in charge of Newcastle ended in a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, with Callum Wilson’s overhead kick securing a point at Selhurst Park.

The interim boss could make some changes for this game, and one player who he must unleash on the Blues is attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron.

Should Almiron start?





The £15.75m-rated Paraguayan’s last start came against Wolves on 2 October and he made a positive impression off the bench against Palace last weekend. As per SofaScore, Almiron won three of his four duels and made two tackles and two interceptions in 24 minutes on the pitch. This shows the level of enthusiasm and defensive work rate that Jones will get from the 27-year-old, who is willing to put in the hard yards to win the ball back for his team.

As per SofaScore, he completed 100% of his attempted dribbles and created one chance as he was successful with one of his two crossing attempts. He was able to add quality end product in possession whilst also putting in the defensive work required to earn a point for the Magpies.

Last year, his former boss Steve Bruce hailed him as a manager’s dream, which plays into why Jones should want him in the starting XI.

The 60-year-old said: “Almiron is a manager’s dream. He’s bright, he’s tough, he trains every day and he’s been carrying a thigh injury but doesn’t want to tell anybody.

“The last 20 minutes on Sunday (against West Ham United) he was limping about the pitch. In 18 months he’s proved to be a really top, top player.”

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Jones will know that he is starting a player who will give 110% on the pitch and that was highlighted in his cameo against the Eagles. With Newcastle likely to be up against it due to Chelsea winning seven of their nine league games so far, it could be beneficial to have a hardworking player like Almiron in the team, and that is why the 51-year-old must unleash him.

The 27-year-old could play a key role for the Magpies in stopping the Blues from creating overlaps down his flank if he plays out wide. Ben Chilwell has scored four goals in his last seven games for club and country, which is why Almiron’s defensive work could be important as he will need to track and stop Javier Manquillo from being overrun out wide.

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