Howe provides Miguel Almiron verdict amid Newcastle United exit talk

Eddie Howe has urged Miguel Almiron to seize his chance if he replaces Ryan Fraser in the starting lineup.

Howe substituted the Paraguayan for the injured Fraser after just 13 minutes due to a hamstring injury.

It has been confirmed that Fraser’s injury isn’t as terrible as first thought, but he is expected to miss Sunday’s game against Leicester City.

Since Howe took over as head coach in November, Almiron has made only five appearances on the right wing.

“That’s been no way a reflection of Miggy,” Howe said, when asked about Almiron’s lack of starts. “It’s probably been a reflection of Ryan and Maxi (Allan Saint-Maximin), who have done very well in the wide areas.

“Miggy is a player we really like, he’s got a very infectious attitude. He works extremely hard and I thought he did really well when he came on against Wolves, he gave us a different dimension. He ran in behind and pressed very well.

“I’d love Miggy to go on a very successful run and do really well. He’s trained very well behind the scenes, his attitude has been excellent from day one since we came. I’m hopeful, if there is an opportunity for him, he can really grasp it.”