Steve Bruce has hinted that Miguel Almiron will come back into his starting 11 this weekend, saying the Paraguayan is “in his plans”ahead of this weekend’s trip to Wolves.
The No 10 has started just ONE of our five league games so far this season, playing just two minutes since his only start at Spurs, however it looks like he could be recalled – and rightly so.
The NUFC boss also says that Mark Gillespie is “ready” to make his Premier League debut should Karl Darlow fail a late fitness test after beind declared “50/50” for Sunday’s game.
Here’s what he’s had to say, starting with an explanation on Almiron’s absence and hopes of a return at Molineux:
“He didn’t play at the weekend because he’d just got off the plane (from international duty).
“People have come into the team and played very well and that’s what a squad of players is for,”
“I know Almiron very, very well. He’s a top, top player, the kid.
“I’m sure he’ll have a big part to play.’
“He’s certainly in my plans this weekend.”
Given how flat we were last weekend, it seems an absolute no-brainer that he comes in this weekend – and remains an odd one that Bruce has handed him just one league start so far this season.
On the subject of rarer starts, the gaffer has also confirmed that Mark Gillespie is prepared to make his Premier League debut on Sunday should a sore and badly bruised Darlow miss out:
“We hope (Darlow) he can make it but we’ve brought Mark Gillespie and he’s done well in the cup competitions.
“We have to see what the next 48 hours bring.
“Mark is ready if he has to make his Premier League debut.”
Based on his stunning form so far this season, we’ll have to hope Darlow comes through and is OK to start – however Gillespie has rarely let us down when we’ve seen him in the Carabao Cup.
His error at Newport aside, he’s been brilliant, making some big saves and strong claims to help us earn clean sheets over Blackburn and Morecambe.