Well, at least now we know. It’s been confirmed that there will be no Allan Saint-Maximin sightings on the pitch for at least the next four weeks.
What Steve Bruce decides to do in the talisman’s absence is anyone’s guess. The prevailing notion is that Christian Atsu will just slot in on the left-wing and do his best to fill the void.
However, this predicament leaves some options for Bruce that he may not have entertained if Allan was fit. He could opt to experiment a bit with the formation or certain player’s roles.
Two very intriguing options are to have Joelinton play on the left with Carroll spearheading the attack. Another one is to move Almiron to the left, where he thrived last season.
While Newcastle fans are obviously devastated that Allan will be out for the foreseeable future, there’s been some resolution on Twitter to the somber news.
Some fans have bypassed the depression phase and gone straight to acceptance. With that acceptance, they’ve got some pretty decent ideas of a path forward.
Here’s a mix of reactions to the news that Allan Saint-Maximin will be out for the next six matches.
It’s time to play Joelinton on the left. Carroll up top, Miggy on the right. Let’s go.
— Sam White (@SamPJWhite) December 11, 2019
— ian wood (@itsianwood) December 11, 2019
Almiron back on the left and Atsu on the right!
— Kenny Walker (@Kennyw_11) December 11, 2019
Well then…… pic.twitter.com/cStMEioh0M
— Kev Wood #NUFC ???????? (@Kevwoodh24) December 11, 2019
— Andy (@andy_77524) December 11, 2019
On the positive hopefully he will come back fresh and ready for the season run in which will be crucial. Big chance for Atsu or even to move Joelinton wide for a bit and give him a chance there see how he does.
— Dreamifestation (Vanquisher Hard) (@Dreamifestation) December 11, 2019
— Saz? (@Saz_Birkett) December 11, 2019
This is a big blow…but could be a blessing in disguise as we could push Joelinton out to the left (his favoured position), play Carroll as centre forward and have Miggy in the Middle as a No.10. This will stop forcing us to play long ball also.
— Jay Ashun (@JKOversion1) December 11, 2019
Was worried it would be 2 or 3 months
— shaun saunders (@sms5441) December 11, 2019
— DUBZZZY?????????? (@Dewayne09013165) December 11, 2019
@ChristianAtsu20 will slip right in??
— Bob Edgar (@bobuoprecast) December 11, 2019
Fancy 3-5-2 with Shelvey, Hayden and Longstaff in midfield, Joe/Carroll/Gayle upfront. May work well and will allow Miggy to come on later to give some pace
— Kris (@KrisDoog) December 11, 2019
— Nick Sutton (@sutton14_nick) December 11, 2019
Less than I feared. I hope he comes back on schedule.
— Ryan (@NUFCKent) December 11, 2019
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