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This Is Why Bruce Could Roll The Dice On This Magpie Tonight

Allan Saint-Maximin made his return to the team on Saturday after missing the previous six matches. It was a stretch of games Newcastle only amassed 4 points from with a win against Crystal Palace and a draw at Wolves.

The Crystal Palace win was the first win of the season in which Allan Saint-Maximin didn’t start the match. For all of Newcastle’s seven other wins, Allan was in the starting eleven.

Our record when the 22-year-old is on from the start, is just outstanding. We’ve won 7, lost 2, and drawn 2 for 23 points. While we’ve won only 1, lost 8, and drawn 3 for just 6 points in games Allan has not played in or come on as a late substitute.

While that is slightly skewed because Allan did start the win at Spurs but was forced off with his first serious hamstring injury after only 15 minutes.

However, his presence in the team undeniably makes Newcastle a better side. Which is why Bruce will have a tough decision to make this evening on whether to start the Frenchman on just three days of rest.

With the FA Cup against League One’s Oxford looming on Saturday, that’ll be a game Allan can be rested for. We think Bruce will roll the dice once again and start him today at Everton.

Bruce will be well aware that having the enigmatic winger on the pitch gives this team the best chance of getting 3 points.

7 comments so far

  • martoon

    Jan 21, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Jail – re FF – easy to say with hindsight it was a mistake but it could have turned out to be genius move!
    I’ve lost count of our tally but I must be at least 5 behind if not more – I may as well pay up now :mrgreen:

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Record at Goodison isn’t the best, not quite as bad as Lpool, Old Tafford or Arsenal but up there with one of the worst.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye, it always seems to be the way. I knew it was going to be a stinker when Deeney missed that pen and my rig rival had Gazinga in goal.

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 21, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Would definitely start ASM, two games in 3 days isn’t so bad – he’s had a long rest whilst out injured
    They have a few injuries and Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurosson both ruled out tonight – good chance to get at least a point.
    The league from 4th down is anybodys – don’t think I’ve seen such inconsistencies in so many teams for a long time – we could qualify for europe or get relegated the way things stand – Bruce could become the most succesful manager since Pards ( who has been the most succesful manager since SBR 😀 )… albeit I barely remember us playing worse football – no longer can we slag off Burnley or Fat Sam style football

  • theartfuldodger

    Jan 21, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    1. If we keep playing the way we did against Chelsea i.e. in your own half , then sooner or later decisions like corners freekicks penalities and fouls will go against you. There is a high probability of the Ref making mistakes. And then everyone will be up in arms.

    2. Perhaps Bruce expects nothing frm Ashley. It looks like he will take what he gets. Rafa looked to strengthen specific positions.

    3. We are not too far off frm Europe. Need 2-3 good buys. But we will look down and not up.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 21, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Mindshaft, they’ve also lost Alex Iwobi.

    Bare bones up front for them – Theo Walcott almost certain to feature, so Matt Ritchie will have to keep an eye out for him but is unlikely to panic at the prospect.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 21, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    I fear Calvert-Lewin. That kid is really good and seems to cause us all sorts of problems. Hoping he has an off day. If he’s not at it today I can see us clinching all 3 points.


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