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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

  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #41

    Good point my not-dutch marra.

    How many would you bring in in January?

  • booboo

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #42

    Anderson should get more chances to play why he dont play? Fraser is frankly shit right now so is Murphy and Longy made us worse when he came on feel like Isak is a hiding from the ball and he dont press enough we over paid 100% thought he was better than this Pedro would have brought more to the team. Get Wilson back quick, prefer Wood over Isak better for the team energy he gives more fight. Sven is a better all around than Dan love Dan but Sven should start. Thats all from me nice day fellas

  • geordie157

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #43

    Steve Bruce is proving his doubters wrong, West Brom are flying…..towards league one haha

    Can they interview all those pundits again who defended him and said he was doing a good job for us.

  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #44

    I think I’d like to see us operate a four in four out policy for the next four windows, not sure how realistic that is though.

  • WLtoon

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #45

    Glad to see some fans noticing Isak`s endless running across the box to find space to create a chance for himself, pity not one pass came his way, that will have to be sorted.
    Right, that`s me out for a pint.
    Tara all

  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #46


    I think what we have seen from the owners has shown that they will take their time over decisions and that they are willing to give Eddie time.
    I think the fact that we are not losing matches is still a positive and that while our momentum from last season has been killed a bit by all the draws, we are still in a good position to attack this season and be in a battle for the Europa conference spot come the final ten games.
    We also still have cups to play for so to pedal Howe without giving him a full season or a chance to build a decent squad would be dunking ones powder in a puddle.

  • The Last Jedi

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #47

    I think pif will be ok this season. However when their sponsorship kicks in and they fail to beat likes of Bournemouth next season they might go trigger happy

  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #48


    Four in four out seems fairly reasonable.

    Who are your next four out the door?

  • The Last Jedi

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #49

    Ritchie Murphy Fraser Longstaff

  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #50


    Matty or Sean?

    Other than that I could probably go along with that.

    It’s not that I don’t think either of the longstaffs could be upgraded. I think Matty has definitely run his course here. But I think Sean should stay for a bit longer. So perhaps I would change Sean for Manquillo, if of course you meant Sean.

  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 18, 2022 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #51

    I’m really not sure what people are thinking our owners are expecting for their “£200M” after the neglect of the last 14 years then that’s a drop in the ocean. Do people honestly think that the owners expect Howe to take a seriously relegation threatened team to the top six in less than a year, howay man.

  • Nijmegen-toon

    Sep 18, 2022 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #52

    The next four would be Ritchie, Murphy, Fraser and Gillespie unless he’s staying on as part of the back room staff.

  • 9

    Sep 18, 2022 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #53

    Plenty posters cottoning on to our current team/squad. We massively lack creativity. It’s easy enough to call out the players who aren’t up to it and, again, plenty are calling out Miggy, whom we all love, but is the greatest weakness of our attack. He’s already got his season’s tally of goals, he works his socks off and we love him, but he’ll never help us win matches because somebody wearing his shirt should score goals, and he doesn’t. We all know he can’t shoot for toffee: it’s like playing Joe at number 9, useless waste of talent. With Wilson now definitely a has-been/sicknote, top notch as he is when fir; getting crocked after 3 matches is terminal in my book. But it doesn’t matter who is number 9 if the ball never gets to him – what chance does Isak have without the ball? Creativity/creativity/creativity, i.e Maxi + Maddison + one other, needed. I’m not going to call out the 6 or 7 squad members who can’t do it.


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