After a breakout performance this past weekend, former Newcastle captain Alan Shearer has put a few Magpies in his team of the week.
At left-wing, he has selected Allan Saint-Maximin for his dominating display at West Ham. He’s also selected his good friend Steve Bruce for finally bringing the Newcastle attack to life.
This is the team of the week as chosen by Alan Shearer.
Thoughts on the XI? pic.twitter.com/ZaRQvH0Wcw
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 4, 2019
It’s not surprising that Shearer has selected Saint-Maximin, who put on an explosive show against the Hammers on Saturday. His pace was too much for West Ham to handle and led to 34-year-old Pablo Zabaleta having to be pulled in the second half.
Scouted Football tweeted some of Allan’s stats from Saturday after the game. It shows you how much of a threat he was. The only thing he didn’t do was score.
Allan Saint-Maximin (22) vs West Ham United:
5 ball recoveries
3/3 shots on target
2/4 long balls
2 fouls won
1 shot assist
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) November 2, 2019
Speaking for Man of the Match on Saturday evening, Shearer had this to say about the 22-year-old winger:
“Saint-Maximin, who I thought ran them ragged all afternoon. The same thing again, (ASM) flicks it over, Almiron pointing where he wants it again, they get the corner and also score from that one as well.
“The pace is staggering from Saint-Maximin. Ball in behind, counter-attack is superb, and if we’re being critical he (ASM) has to score, brilliant to get there, but that should be in the back of the net, that would have been game over.”
Despite missing some golden chances, Newcastle’s attack was much improved on Saturday. We hope that the massive increase in chances created becomes a trend going forward.
All credit to Steve Bruce and his staff for experimenting during training to formulate a plan that finally stirred the dormant Newcastle attack.
There was a lot said after the game by the players about how Steve Bruce instilled an attacking game plan in training last week.
It paid off big time at London Stadium, but now they must continue to work hard to replicate this performance at St James Park on Saturday.