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Astonishing Allan Saint-Maximin statistics – Says it all

1 month ago
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Allan Saint-Maximin was Newcastle United’s main man against Bournemouth.

Yes the whole team played their part in the victory and the defence were giving 100% commitment.

However, ASM is just as much a part of that defence as anybody else!

To be fair, Miguel Almiron is just the same, they run back towards their own goal with exactly the same commitment and desire as they do when running up the pitch. Not many pairs of wide attacking players/wingers do that at other clubs.

However, it is of course the spark going forward that has been the stand out thing with Allan Saint-Maximin.

A side that looked bereft of ideas and urgency going forward, has been transformed by the 22 year old.

It does have elements of when Hatem Ben Arfa was here, not any great plan other than giving ASM the ball and him running with it, whilst everybody else just stands there watching on.

On top of that though, even when not in possession he is a constant threat, as when the ball is in the opposition half, defenders are under pressure to get the ball under control as ASM’s pace can quickly catch them out.

That is what our eyes see but what about the stats?

Well these are the matches where Allan Saint-Maximin wasn’t able to start:

Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

Norwich 3 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 1 Watford 1

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 0 Brighton 0

Leicester 5 Newcastle 0

Played 6 Won 0 Drawn 2 Lost 4 Points 2 Goals For 3 Goals Against 13

These are the matches where Allan Saint-Maximin was able to start:

Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0

Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 1 Wolves 1

West Ham 2 Newcastle 3

Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1

Played 6 Won 4 Drawn 1 Lost 1 Points 13 Goals For 8 Goals Against 5

As you can see, a bit of a difference…

When Allan Saint-Maximin has been involved, Newcastle have had better results, scored more goals and conceded less.

I accept of course that Spurs is a bit of a stretch with ASM injured early at 0-0 but overall the stats very much stack up, especially when backed up with what our eyes tell us.

When you look at the two games where he came on as a sub, Allan Saint-Maximin was also Newcastle’s best player and biggest threat. Could/would he have made the difference if able to start those Arsenal and Brighton games?

Indeed, I think when you see he wasn’t able to start the Norwich, Watford and Brighton matches, I find it difficult to believe Newcastle wouldn’t have picked up more points if the French winger had been available.

ASM clearly isn’t the finished article and like his attacking partners needs to start adding goals and assists BUT he turns Newcastle into a far better team AND gets you off your seat!

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