Bruce pleased after Almiron scores first goal since move from Atlanta

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has expressed his pleasure after Miguel Almiron scores his first goal since making the switch from Atlanta United at the beginning of the year. The Paraguay international has endured a tough beginning to his career with the Magpies but he has continuously received the support from the Magpies faithful.

The 25-year-old has previously found himself in a number of attack-minded positions without succeeding with his finish but he was able to find the net against Crystal Palace with a late 83rd-minute winner. Speaking after the game, Bruce was undoubtedly pleased for the former Atlanta United man, who has struggled to find the same level of consistency from his Major League Soccer days.

He added to praise the workrate of the attacker and is hopeful that Almiron can now carry on and make a regular impact for the Magpies in the Premier League, he told: “I was just delighted for the lad and I think everyone who supports Newcastle would say the same. Every time he gets it around the box he’s dangerous. It’s great for him.

“He’s a great pro. He lights up the place every day with the way he works. Let’s hope it’s the start of a few now. When you work with him every day you understand what he is. We played him deeper in more of a midfield role on Saturday and he scored. I was delighted for him, I think all of us who support Newcastle were – he’s been a pleasure to work with.”

With the Eagles victory, the Magpies have won three of the previous four league games and this has propelled them to the top half of the table in ninth before Christmas. On Boxing Day, they are scheduled to face Manchester United away from home and that should be an interesting contest with Bruce’s men previously registering a shock 1-0 triumph in the reverse fixture at St James’ Park.

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