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Will Newcastle Struggle Without This Star?


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.


9 comments so far

  • Australian Pie

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Good article Neil, 100% agree similar to Almiron statistics just don’t measure what he brings to the team, more so ASM for sure though. Big loss for us.

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  • Australian Pie

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #2

    As the blogs resident Sports Physio I can say the way he pulled up didn’t indicate a tear but a smaller strain which would be very good news keeping him out likely 1-3 weeks instead of between 4-8 weeks. But can’t be sure

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #3

    If his absence does cause us to struggle, then we are up sh!t creek, one missing player shouldn’t make that much difference no matter how influential he is.

    My answer to that question would be no!

    Atsu is a more than decent replacement for him, not sure about the idea of using Joelinton as a winger though, I haven’t seen anything in his play to play him like that, not so far anyway.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #4

    And in non football news, apparently Hexham is the best place to live in the country, who’d a thought it!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Hope Joelinton gets a chance out wide against Burnley in ASMs absence – the onus not on him to be the main man, leading the line as a physical target man I think will do him a lot of good. Take the pressure off and hopefully allow him to play more freely – so we can see a bit more of this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGQBCnIO8sE

    In that video his movement is night and day compared to anything he’s shown here so far. Think he’s got to the point where he’s playing unnaturally, in his own head busy second-guessing what a target man is supposed to do.

    Get him at either LWF or RWF.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #6

    He is good with the ball at his feet running at defences, we’ve seen that from him. Good in the air too, has good pace and also has played as a wide forward quite a lot, although not as an orthodox winger, which we don’t play anyway. I think there’s player there, but he simply isn’t at the races for us up top, probably because we are so very defensive and counterattacking, that he simply has no support. I don’t know if he’d manage the defensive side so well, but then again St Max isn’t great defensively. I’d like to see him start on the right side with Andy Carroll up top. I think he’d be more of a goal threat than Atsu, and of course he’s good with his head in the box, which would be great along with Carroll, and the big lads from the back.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #7

    …left side.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 10, 2019 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #8

    …actually he hasn’t been that bad up top, but it’s been such a thankless task he’s at times appeared so, and he’s had little reward. Carroll batters defenders, allowing us to pick up the second ball and so is much better suited to the role, if this is the way we are to continue to play.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 11, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #9

    I’d be a little surprised if Christian Atsu is preferred to a 40 million pound signing that has not had the opportunity yet to fully show us what he can really do. A forward line including Carroll and Joelinton certainly looks like it would bother opposition defences. Atsu is capable, but Joelinton is the greater threat, if we can get him playing.

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