Since coming back into the team in the 1-0 win against Manchester United to start October, Allan Saint-Maximin has transformed Newcastle. He’s added a threat on the break that was non-existent without.
While he has just one goal and no assists, his mere presence is crucial to Newcastle. He’s often marked by two to three defenders which can create space for his teammates.
We haven’t heard anything other than the post-Southampton comments on the situation with his hamstring. After the game, Allan told reporters it was bad, and Steve Bruce even hinted it was likely to keep him out for a couple of weeks.
It looks like Bruce will have to cope with the Frenchman for at least the next few weeks. Though we do hold out some hope as sometimes silence is golden. Saint-Maximin has also been very active on social media which could hint at him having a positive outlook on his injury.
However, until we hear anything concrete that is all just speculation. For the moment, we’ll hope for the best but be prepared for some disappointing news.
Former Sunderland striker Darren Bent, however, thinks the loss of Saint-Maxmin could be devastating for the Magpies. Speaking to Football Insider, this is his assessment of life without the winger:
“Yeah, humongous blow as he is key to what they do.
“Him and Almiron, more so him, the way Newcastle play allows him to do what he does, which is get up the pitch in a hurry.
“He’s quick, he’s strong, he’s unpredictable so for me, it’s a big blow and Newcastle are going to struggle without him.
“But hopefully he can come back sooner rather than later.”
Newcastle already struggle scoring goals and creating chances even with Saint-Maximin in the squad. This season we’ve just managed 17 goals which is level with Southampton as third least in the Premier League. Only Watford with 9 and Crystal Palace with 14 have scored less.
In Allan’s nine straight starts since Manchester United, we’ve scored 13 out of 17 goals for the season. It was just 4 goals in 7 without Allan in the starting eleven.
So if he is missing for any length of time, Steve Bruce will have to come up with a way to replace what he brings to the team. One positive to hold onto is that Christian will be his likely replacement and he leads the team with 3 assists.
However, what Saint-Maximin brings to the team is so much more than what can be measured by statistics.