Worrying news on Allan Saint-Maximin from Steve Bruce – Again
You don’t very often get a man of the match playing just 17 minutes but that was the case with Allan Saint-Maximin on Saturday.
A woeful negative Newcastle performance suddenly woken up solely because of the winger’s efforts.
He simply picked up the ball and ran with it, movement and a threat that had been almost entirely absent for 73 minutes.
Newcastle fans given hope of better in the coming weeks, as NUFC desperately look for a way to provide chances and hopefully goals, as creativity has been so lacking otherwise.
Some sobering words though from Steve Bruce, when talking about the winger after his late sub appearance.
The winger was seen clutching his hamstring after a challenge towards the end of the goalless Brighton game, the Head Coach clearly worried:
“We hope it is just impact but I haven’t asked the doctor at all about anything yet.
“We are in tomorrow and we will see.
“We have got a few nursing a few (injuries/knocks) but I’m not so sure (how bad Allan Saint-Maximin is).”
Steve Bruce has already paid the price for rushing the winger back too early the Spurs game after his initial hamstring injury. Bruce put ASM in the starting eleven against Tottenham despite the player only returning to full training 48 hours earlier, Allan Saint-Maximin breaking down after only 17 minutes with an even worse hamstring problem.
Now we are left wondering if it is groundhog day and another fitness gamble has spectacularly backfired, has Steve Bruce brought him back too early once more.
Considering just how woeful Newcastle were against Brighton, for Steve Bruce to leave it until 73 minutes (ASM) and 82 minutes (Carroll) before making changes, suggests that the pair were nowhere near being fully fit, or at least as fit as you can be without playing matches.
It would be a cruel blow for Newcastle fans if Allan Saint-Maximin was ruled out yet again, as he has looked the one real bright spot this season going forward, despite very limited time on the pitch.
After watching such half-hearted efforts from a number of players yesterday, particularly Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle fans will think it is no coincidence that Allan Saint-Maximin is the one at risk of going on the injury list, as he shamed some of his teammates with the effort and desire he put in. To be fair, I think Miguel Almiron is the only other one who could be said to have out similar effort and desire in yesterday in the attacking half and yes he is struggling with his finishing, but unless Almiron was knackered I couldn’t understand why he was taken off instead of certain others.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 – Saturday 21 September 5.30pm
Possession was Brighton 71% Newcastle 29%
Total shots were Brighton 16 Newcastle 11
Shots on target were Brighton 3 Newcastle 4
Corners were Brighton 3 Newcastle 5
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Newcastle team v Brighton:
Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar (Fernandez 80), Lascelles, Dummett, Willems (Carroll 82), Hayden, Shelvey (Ki 73), Atsu, Almiron (Saint-Maximin 73), Joelinton
Darlow, Muto, Krafth, Fernandez
Crowd: 43,360 (Looked less than 40,000 actually inside SJP (1,500 Brighton))
(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players after Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 – Read HERE)
(Brighton boss gutted his team didn’t win – Read HERE)
(Watch official match highlights HERE)
(Steve Bruce reacts to the performance and result – read HERE)
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)
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