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Howe Struggling To Compensate For Winger’s Absence



Eddie Howe provided a concerning update on Allan Saint-Maximin after yesterday’s draw against Bournemouth. The winger, who was a late fitness call against Crystal Palace two weeks ago, has suffered a setback. His availability for Fulham after the break is uncertain.

Newcastle have felt the loss of the dynamic Frenchman, who along with the absence of Callum Wilson, has cost Howe his two most lethal threats up front. Thankfully, Wilson should be raring to go at Craven Cottage to kick off October.

Speaking after the draw against his former club, Howe admitted finding ways to compensate for Allan’s loss has proven difficult. It’s a terrain the head coach is determined to be able to navigate moving forward.

Here is what Howe said as published in The Northern Echo:

“You’re never going to replace Allan when he’s not there, so you have to find a different way of playing. We’ve got players with different skills and different strengths in those positions.

“I still believe we can win without Allan, and be a very effective team without him. It’s just very different. You saw his performance against Manchester City – there’s no one like him in the Premier League.

“He’s a very unique player, and he brings those gifts to the team that on a day like today, you’re absolutely crying out for. We have to be better when he’s not there though.”

Saint-Maximin is a unique player whose qualities cannot be duplicated by many. When he’s unavailable, Newcastle have historically struggled to win matches, under both Howe and former head coach Steve Bruce.

Yesterday, Newcastle were dealt the double blow of Elliot Anderson being unavailable with a minor niggle. The teenager had placed himself in contention for a start on the left after impactful cameos.

Saint-Maximin’s explosive ability means he’s going to suffer the odd muscle injury over a strenuous campaign. In the coming transfer windows, adding another player rivaling his qualities (Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby, Shakhtar’s Mykhaylo Mudryk) is likely to become a top priority.

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53 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #1

    He is a huge loss when not playing.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Haha… 1st time first I think

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #3

    We now know that someone who can beat two or three players, create space , and provide chances is an extremely valuable commodity…. If Maxi did his thing on a more regular basis then he would be worth nine figures and probably tempted away…

    In his absence we really need someone similar who can create some chances……… I got to thinking that maybe our very own TDS would be the answer…….. I mean he’s an exceptionally gifted all round sportsman and a born leader , so I’m sure given an opportunity, despite never having played PL football he would be outstanding at it……..

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Is it just me then. ??

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #5

    OK…. I’ll just talk to myself for a bit…..

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Lesh…… Are you there???

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7

    I was just wondering what you thought of Liz Truss’s cabinet appointments??

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #8

    We can chat politics now without disrupting the blog…..

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Howay man ger yer sel on here ….

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Was at the game yesterday. Enjoyed it but got to see some poor performances.
    Bruno wasn’t match fit clearly, and when he’s playing like that or not not playing at all then our midfield goes from an 8/10 to a 4/10.

    Fraser is a spent force. He can’t take a man on, he gets easily dispossessed, can’t play a ball into the box and his pace is gone. Miggy grafted but little end result.

    Bournemouth had our number from minute 1. Slow the game down, pack the box and centre of the pitch and allow us to play wide where the threat was zero. hey knew we lacked creativity to play in Isaak. Oh and also sh!thouse for 90 minutes by rolling around at the slightest touch – something the ref let them do all afternoon.

    With one or two key players missing we are poor. I will criticise Murphy and Fraser as they are hopeless. A Bournemouth fan on the train was joking that it was the best game Fraser has played for them. The manager can only do so much with these limitations. Suggesting he is unsafe for me is crazy. We need better quality in depth.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #11

    We’ll be civil to one another of course so don’t worry..

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Jimmy mac… You saved the day… Agree about Fraser and Miggy … Also I don’t know how many chances Longstaff thinks he’s gonna get to contribute something meaningful….

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #13

    As far as saying ASM is a unique player… I get that to a degree. He has pace, can take a man on, has goals and assists in him.

    I think what’s more unique is that all of other other wingers can’t do most/any of the above.

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  • Ace50

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Agree Jimmy. Both Fraser and Miggy were hopeless yesterday, from an impact perspective.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #15

    So basically top 6 is doable IF
    our key players stay mostly fit
    we sign another attacking option in January
    our key players have a good season
    at least one of the big 6 has a properly bad season
    none of the other similar level clubs to us have a very good season

    I mean…yeah…it’s possible but highly improbable.

    If you look at things in the context of a top 10 finish, we’re doing ok. For sure improvements can be made but it’s not doom and gloom.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Miggy can’t be relied on as our only source of creativity on the right…. He’s not up to it on a regular basis.

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Just to bring some balance to things, I thought Burn played really well. If you watched the game on a stream or MOTD it looks like Isaak wasn’t even there. I had a great seat behind the Bournemouth goal in the second half. He was making space and runs all day but nobody attempted a forward pass. The ball was always going into the corner.

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #18

    2 more players – another quality midfielder and a wide/winger. Does Bruno have a younger brother who was always just a bit tidier on the pitch then him? Asking for a friend…

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Eddie has gone on the record saying he is happy with this squad so he doesn’t have much wriggle room. There are always going to be injuries especially with his intense training regime. If he can’t get better performances from the squad in general then it’s on him. Early days still in the season but he will need to find some answers or he will come under pressure if there are a succession of lacklustre performances like yesterday.

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  • The Last Jedi

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Tyran you miss the point. What you said means keeping same shape. Taking risks means get Joe Isak and Wood in the box and the other players wide or outside box. Howe had Wood in box and Isak left wing Murphy right wing.
    Should have sacrificed Targett from defence and more players to play inside box. With a crowded box you dont play outside you get players in the box.

    Almiron is a big problem. Instead of leaving the wide play to Trippier and getting in box more he gets in Trippiers way. Howe needs to go 4231 with almiron central but he wont because he has no plan b.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Someone made the point that they had 8 interceptions to our one!

    Doesn’t sound right to me but if that is correct, firstly our defence had less cause for interceptions, secondly they packed the box so much that interceptions were inevitable although some poor passing and crossing didn’t help!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 18, 2022 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #22

    We have had some of the younguns training with the 1st surely one or two of them should be given a chance!

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  • jimiley

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #23

    No creativity without Max. Is anybody surprised?
    And he is our no 2 sick note after Callum. Two of our three best players regularly out the team.
    Not good.
    Massive mistake not putting an xtra 10 million on the offer for Maddison. You will get that money back in spades if we were daft enough to sell him.
    Pedro as well. Just imagine what a difference those two would make. I was shouted down as “Eddie always knows best.”
    Good manager but he gets it wrong like all managers

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #24

    So, it’s all on maxi?

    The odd game is.

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  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Egb

    I noticed a few from Bournemouth players. Mostly when our players were playing predictable balls across the front of their midfield bank.

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  • Ace50

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #26

    BTW…Isak took the penalty really well! Was impressed with his approach given his young age. Especially as Bruno was holding onto the ball during the VAR check, so not sure if Bruno fancied it 🙂

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #27

    jimiley

    From earlier…

    I don’t agree that a position change doesn’t improve a player.

    Two obvious examples are Jo and Krafth,

    Bit of trumpet blowing, but I posted on here a few times before Eddie came, and did it, that Jo could make it as a midfield player.

    I always thought Krafth was decent, but Bruce played him mostly as a RWB and when Eddie moved him back to RB he excelled in that position.

    That’s why I was suggested today that Willock might make a good 10. He looked far better in CM after he moved there when Bruno went off. He was the most involved player of ours in the last 20 minutes – seeing more of the ball than he did in the previous 70.

    We know the lad can finish, something that Miggy has struggled to do when played as a 10.

    You will also remember Ray Kennedy moving from CF to midfield a becoming a far better midfielder than he was a CF. Thierry Henry from winger to CF is another example – and there will be many more.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Rob Lee from winger to CM another example.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #29
  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #30

    I think if Wilson was fit maxi wouldn’t be too much of a miss. For instance we could play a front three of:
    Isak–Wilson–Anderson

    I put Anderson in there because of all the players to play in Maxi’s position he has looked the biggest threat. Whether he could sustain his cameo form across the whole 100 mins remains to be seen. It will remain that way until we give him a full game.

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  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Bills

    I’ve noticed that Willock has quite a creative first touch in and around the box. Quite a clever little player when it comes to that. So perhaps you theory could hold weight. However, we haven’t played with a ten that much under Howe.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Vask

    Willock defo showed that clever touch around the box ability yesterday and took me by surprise.

    I was sat in the SJH stand instead of my normal seat in the Platinum Club and the different seat gave a better view of how Willock was constantly linking play and looking for the killer pass.

    I’ve given him plenty of negs in the past but, as I mentioned earlier, he might also be the type of player who needs to see plenty of the ball to play at his best. In a CM or 10 role he’d get that rather than the wide right position he’s played in.

    I get Eddie doesn’t use a 10, but as a wide right player Willock hasn’t done it for me.

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  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #33

    I agree with you there Bills. I wouldn’t play him on the right. In CM he is fairly competent at carrying the ball forward. I think his biggest drawback is getting all his positive attributes firing for the full 100. He has shown in the past that he can drift out of a game or is slow to get up to speed from the first whistle.
    As our system is at the minute I think he is playing his best position. But as you say, playing him further forward may get a better return in terms of goals and assists.

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Tyran21

    Sep 18, 2022 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    CLINT FLICK

    I take it as a compliment when some posters say Newcastle was terrible against Bournemouth. Hit the post twice, 2-3 clear chance to score while being terrible. I’ll take that.

    Yes but it proves we don’t win games

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #35

    I mentioned previously about ASM being injury prone and someone (sorry can’t remember) replied that his upper body might be too heavy….is that why he’s had a haircut?? Haaaaaa boom boom

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #36

    jimiley,
    If we get relegated because we didn’t give in to Leicester’s extortionate demands it might be classed as a huge mistake. However, if we finish say, 9th instead of eighth and get him for £50M in January, it can be classed as very shrewd business which has helped set a precedent.

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  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #37

    It feels like us and Leicester has swapped places with this season. So I’ll say that eighth is where we will finish. If we get Maddison in January I’d say seventh.

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  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #38

    Wow.

    I forgot how to use English in that last post. I’m sure my gist was gotten.

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  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Vask,
    It is going to be much easier to attract players this January as opposed to last.

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  • WLtoon

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #40

    A lot of fans are asking for patience and rightly so, but how patient will the PIF be is the important question.
    Are they gauging success on the Man City model?
    New ownership in 2008.
    City won their first trophy in 2011, the FA cup, and it took them just 5 years to be champions in 2013. are the PIF expecting this rate of success at our club? who knows.
    Are they building the club to be champions by the year 2030, the year quoted in their vision, if so we have plenty of time to wait for the slow progression, but, if , on the other hand PIF want something to show for their 200M spent on players this year then Wor Ed is under pressure.
    i hope the PIF are as patient as a lot of our fans are prepared to be, im happy with EH, class act he is, as is his back room staff.
    We will get there, eventually.

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