Steve Bruce got everything right today – almost. Starting Allan Saint-Maximin was, in retrospect, an unwise decision as he has re-aggravated a minor hamstring problem.
Allan lasted only fifteen minutes in what was a shocking starting nod at Spurs. The decision to include Allan in the starting eleven has proven to be a poor decision by Steve Bruce as he now could miss some time.
Allan Saint-Maximin has taken to Twitter after today’s performance. This is a really classy move by Saint-Maximin who will be devastated that he had to come off so early in his first start for Newcastle.
Im so proud ? Of course I would have preferred not being hurt … BUT the most important is the victory of our team ?? And you guys were amazing as always ? It made me so happy to see all those smiles on your faces ? I feel grateful to be one of yours! Thank u for the love ??
— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) August 25, 2019
Saint-Maximin’s early departure turned out not to hurt Newcastle’s performance. Allan had started on the left-wing and Christian Atsu was a natural replacement for the Frenchman.
Allan Saint-Maximin– Steve Bruce’s reaction says it all
Christian Atsu came on and made an immediate impact. His performance was superb as he played his heart out today. He expertly picked out Joelinton on the break leading to Joelinton’s composed finish. Atsu’s performance was one of today’s many delights.
We really hope that Allan Saint-Maximin can recover quickly. Hamstrings are so delicate that we had hoped Newcastle would proceed with extreme caution with Allan. That wasn’t the case today, but you can bet that it will be going forward.