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Newcastle Could Be In A Good Place By The Time Star Returns

Allan Saint-Maximin is back training and slowly ramping up his involvement in the sessions. However, don’t expect to see him back too quickly. Steve Bruce will go the ultra-cautious route with the 22-year-old winger.

BBC Newcastle’s Matthew Raisbeck has tweeted the following clip of Steve Bruce talking about the Frenchman.

If we’re looking at the end of the month for Saint-Maximin’s return, that will put the Norwich City match at St James Park on February 1st in play. What a massive match that could turn out to be for our fate this season.

Allan could miss the remaining five games this month if we include the Fourth Round of The FA Cup against Oxford, which we hope to advance to with a win against Rochdale on Tuesday.

This is the right move by Steve Bruce. Allan’s hamstring has gone twice this season. The last thing we need is for it to become a chronic issue that plagues him in the future.

Hopefully, Newcastle will have enough firepower to pick up some points at Wolves, at home against Chelsea, and at Everton as well as advancing to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.

We also hope to see a couple of signings in by the time Allan is projected to return.

Some more points on the board, an FA Cup run, a couple of forwards brought in, and Allan Saint-Maximin returning could make February 1st a day to look forward to.

Of course, our fortunes could turn farther south by then, but we’ll try to be as positive as we can for the moment.

16 comments so far

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Will Bruce put a strong squad out against Rochdale after his complaints about scheduling and the critical need to get those final safety points in the league nailed down? Some balancing to be done there.

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t see why we can’t pick up a win against Wolves , some pundits think they are better than they are – they’re not exactly miles ahead of us in points or position in table – just need to make sure we stop the stupid defensive errors we’ve been making last few games and manage to actually score a goal

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Bit slow so I’ll repost this.

    Brucie was writing about J in the DT today saying he is lacking the mental strength to perform to his capabilities, which is nonsense as up to now he’s not shown any more than (very) fleeting glimpses of having any.

    What is needed is for Brucie to show some mental strength and drop him, continuing to play him will do nowt to improve his confidence.

    Let’s not bother with a second striker or play one of the yunguns, anyone’s allowed to score and that’s been the case with our lot so far.

    We do not need to play only 10 men against Wolves today.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s pretty sad that we might be hoping for Maximin to return as our saviour and the forlorn hope that we will get some super transfers in to save our season.

    Which incidentally is the same with most of the teams in the bottom half of the table. (not the Maximin bit of course 🙂 )

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki I’d be annoyed if he didn’t. There”s a path there to the 5th round. He impressed with his team choice v Rochdale. As usual though, the problem is that underneath our iffy first team is an iffy second 11 🙁

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Essex, the thought of maxi miggy and Lookie is a nice one. 🙂

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7


    Dwight Gayle – all appearances (since 2013) 179 goals 68 (1 goal per 2.6 games)

    since he joined C.Palace and does not include his time at Peterborough before that.

  • geordietom

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #8

    With ASM coming back by the end of the month . i wouldn’t put him on from the start give him 20 minutes then more minutes for the next game ect . dont chuck him in at the deep end so to speak we all know what happened the last time he was brought back too early …

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh. Ok.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Munster……. Enjoy your thoughts. They can’t stop us fantasising.

  • geordietom

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Munster …

    have to ask hows your head …


  • geordietom

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Aston Villa eye January move for Dwight Gayle

    Out-of-favour Newcastle United frontman Dwight Gayle is a reported January target for Aston Villa, following the news that striker Wesley will miss at least nine months through injury.
    According to the Times, Dean Smith could make a loan move for the player this month.
    Gayle has started just one game for United this season.
    This week it emerged United want a £20million obligation to buy clause added to any loan deal for gayle …

    from the Shields Gazzette

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #14

    My head isn’t great Tom but been a lot worse. Betty, please don’t mention fantasies. I’m not in the better of it after all the, er, scenery in Dublin last night. Rotunda has it all ahead of him 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #15


    Point is why feel the need to mention his nationality.
    You’ve managed to insult fat people, Spaniards and waiters all in go in a derogatory fashion.
    I wouldn’t call you a Welsh t–t, when t–t as a stand alone would surely be enough.

  • DaveD1000

    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #16

    The properly recognised greeting for Welshy and other South Walians is S’mae Gont


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