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Bruce Declares Extra Week Of Training Has Dispelled Any Doubt About 22-Year-Old

In our predicted line-up yesterday, we had Allan Saint-Maximin coming in for Miguel Almiron on the right side of a front three. While Allan has only featured on the left under Bruce, the 22-year-old played on the right often at Nice.

We think that Bruce will want to get the Frenchman into his team on Sunday. However, we just can’t see Christian Atsu being dropped as he has been one of the few bright spots in a dreary season.

Saint-Maximin has only played 57 minutes of football this season due to a hamstring injury he suffered in the week leading to the Norwich match. He had felt some tightness during training and was held back from the trip to Carrow Road.

However, he received his first start the following week at Tottenham. Early in that match, his hamstring went after a full-on sprint to the byline. Christian Atsu was brought on to make his season debut and has remained in the side ever since.

Allan made his return against Brighton, and we saw exactly what he could offer. Allan brings an urgency in his play. He is always looking to make something happen. Against Brighton, Allan breathed new life into the struggling team.

Saint-Maximin was not brought on last week as the game was truly lost early in the second half. Bruce opted to give DeAndre Yedlin a run out on the right-wing instead.

Yesterday, Bruce commented on the Saint-Maximin’s fitness and his decision to not bring him on against Leicester:

“He gives us something we haven’t got. He’s got a bit of pace and he’s got a bit of power, and we’ve seen that. He’ll definitely give us something which will add to us going forward.

“Last week, when it went to 3-0, I decided to bring on Yedlin rather than him, because it’s been still grumbling with him. I decided to give him an extra week’s training, which he’s had. That has dispelled everything now, and he’s 100% fit.”

It looks like Bruce is now fully comfortable with Allan’s fitness level. He appeared to have some lingering doubt, but this past week has laid that to rest.

58 comments so far

  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #41

    Naiveté is alive and well and living in N Carolina it would appear

  • geordietom

    Oct 5, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #42

    not encouraging really just a local MP giving a bog standard letter out . how many do they send in a week to people ? . more than likely his Secretary drafted the letter …

  • toon22

    Oct 5, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #43


    PR at it’s worst
    Nobody cares what you and your alts think
    The government is getting involved

  • toon22

    Oct 5, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #44

    Email your local MP
    They are acting again him right now

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 5, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #45

    Abbey Road at number one – again.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 5, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #46

    This is probably just a blip for Spurs tbh. They’ve got the players to get themselves back on track, I wouldn’t be worrying if I was a Spurs fan. No doubt today they were played off the park after that demoralising defeat on Tuesday night – probably feeling a bit sorry for themselves.

    In the Championship the richest team, Fulham, held at home by Lee Bowers Charlton, the poorest team, showing again what a good job he’s doing.
    Bill, I somehow suspect Parker is settled at Fulham. One of the favourites to go up and knowing he’ll be backed when they get there, he’d be mad to throw that away to come up here and struggle under Ashley. Why would he? I wouldn’t.
    Bowyer though, might see it as a can’t lose situation. If he kept us up, his stock would rise massively and if he didn’t, we were favourites to go down anyway. At least we’d have a fighting chance, whereas now, the writing’s on the wall. Bruce looks incapable of turning this around. He talks the talk but every game he just looks bereft of any ideas.
    Whether Ashley likes it or not he has to accept he got it wrong – AGAIN – and do something before it’s too late.

  • Paully

    Oct 5, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #48

    Jib Oct 5, 2019 at 1:45 PM
    Comment #25
    Kevan Jones constituency spans the north of County Durham in North East England. It includes the whole of the former Chester-le-Street district and the eastern part of the former Derwentside district. The main population centres are Chester-le-Street, Stanley and Sacriston. The constituency includes the North of England Open Air Museum at Beamish.

    Looks like the frog lives in Mackem territory”

    Would Sacriston (Segga) be the “Mackem territory” where Bobby Robson was born then?

  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #49

    Sir Bobby always said he was surrounded by Mackems as a kid

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 5, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #50

    McCartney supports Everton, I think.

  • Paully

    Oct 5, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #51

    50/50 round these parts Jiblets

  • hibbit

    Oct 5, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #52

    SBR lived High Urpeth born in Sacriston, Wyn Davis lived Pelton no different to lots of places, 50/50′ just look at Ashington and Blyth

  • hibbit

    Oct 5, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #53

    changing facts, re-writing history just to have ago at the frog sad !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 5, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #54

    How rich is McCartney? His former wife legged it with a big chunk of his money didn’t she? 😀

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 5, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #55

    Sunderland losing to lincoln 🙂

  • Bring back benitez

    Oct 5, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #56

    I couldn’t give a flying flip where toon22 is from.

    At least he is doing something!

    Do you think all Newcastle fans live in NE1?

    How about the owners of this site? Should we laught at where they are from as well?

  • The Wife

    Oct 5, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #57

    I don’t expect people on here to treat me with kid gloves, just because I’m Neil’s wife. My posts can be agreed with or disagreed with, as one sees fit. Fair enough.

    But Jib, I must say, you missed an opportunity to disagree with me and then explain your position why. Instead, you made an ill-informed assumption about my character, which added nothing to the discussion, but certainly (in my mind) revealed something about YOUR character.

  • Big Archie

    Oct 6, 2019 at 3:29 AM

    Comment #58

    St Maximin is fast and strong OK but he has appalling distribution. For every time he gets the ball into the middle he ends up putting himself into the stands. Bruce has to get someone to spend some time with him on his delivery.

    It seems to me that a guy going off more than once with a “tight” hamstring might need longer to heal than he’s been given.

    So we now have a full front line in Almiron, Joelinton and St-Maximin who have come in from different leagues.

    Oh dear – hardly a recipe to hit the ground running.


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