While the return of Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson was lauded as the key to Newcastle United's safety, Miguel Almiron's return from injury happened without similar fanfare - but he's been just as crucial.

Possibly rushed back into the side against Brighton too early, Almiron understandably looked tired but since then the forward has picked up where he left off before the injury suffered against Wolves back in March.

Almiron's critics argue he doesn't score or create enough but take a closer look at the good things Newcastle do and you'll find his involvement - whether that be dropping deep to win the ball or running into space.

Just because he's not grabbing the assist or firing the ball into the net, doesn't mean he's not playing a part.

It was the same against West Ham as United ran out 3-2 winners: the plaudits went to Saint-Maximin, who wreaked havoc, or to Joe Willock for coming off the bench to grab the winner.

Workhorse Almiron didn't grab the headlines and that's fine with him. He'll keep working hard - often pulling the strings from afar, which is something that was apparent at St James' Park against the Hammers.

From the moment the whistle went, Almiron was up and down the field - his seemingly never-ending supply of energy working well in tandem with Saint-Maximin, the pair easily picking apart the opposition in the first half.

Seven minutes in, Almiron drove forward before teeing up Sean Longstaff on the edge of the box who saw his shot deflected behind, and his desire to be involved continued throughout the game.

It caused issues for West Ham.

On 18 minutes he played in Matt Ritchie down the left whose cross into the box was blocked, and with half-time beckoning.

Almiron carried the ball at least 30 yards before setting up Jacob Murphy down the right. The full-back was offside, but Almiron's intentions were clear - former Celtic boss Neil Lennon told BBC 5 Live that the Paraguay international looked 'sharp and bright.'

With West Ham down to 10 men, there was space to exploit - and right from the restart, Almiron nearly added to Newcastle's two-goal haul they took into the break only for the ball to flash wide.

Time and time again, the counter started with Almiron but crucially he was also trying to finish the move too - seeing a shot blocked on the edge of the box after a Saint-Maximin tee up or narrowly missing out late on before Murphy saw a shot cleared off the line.

When Saint-Maximin came off for Wilson, Almiron continued in the same form - crucial in a counter-attack with the Toon no.13 only to see his pass into the box overhit.

All game, Almiron played a key albeit unsung role in the victory.

The stats show that Almiron:

While his attacking stats stand out, it's also important to note that with his work rate and energy, he forms a major component of United's defence.

Whether that be getting a foot in (he's made 44 tackles this season) or being there to receive the ball deep in his own half to turn and sprint forward.

For many fans, the only expectation they have is that a player who gives everything in the cause to make sure their club win. In Almiron, they have a player who gives just that.