Jamie Redknapp lays out what would be a ‘Great Triumph’ for Steve Bruce – Setting sights high…
One player stood out for Jamie Redknapp at the London Stadium.
The former Liverpool and England midfielder declaring: ‘Allan Saint-Maximin is an exciting talent and vital to Newcastle on the counter.’
The signs had been there the previous week against Wolves.
The Newcastle winger and Traore for Wolves, proving the top performers in the 1-1 draw.
Pace and dribbling technique an all but impossible thing to deal with when getting the freedom to run at the opposition.
Allan Saint-Maximin went up another notch on Saturday as a dismal West Ham defensive unit opened up and couldn’t handle the NUFC winger. An overall very good game with the highlights been two 60 yard sprints that left the Hammers defenders trailing, only for ASM to fail in two one on ones with Roberto in the West Ham game.
No doubt where Saint-Maximin should be putting in extra training this week…if his finishing had matched the rest of his game, Newcastle would have hammered the hosts and ASM could have been heading for a hat-trick.
Newcastle have struggled to provide any threat this season and Jamie Redknapp believes ‘Steve Bruce needed that pace’, certainly Manuel Pellegrini will wonder what on earth he was doing putting Pablo Zabaleta (will turn 35 in January) up against the French winger.
What will equal success for Steve Bruce this season.
Jamie Redknapp believes it will be a ‘great triumph’ if the head coach keeps Newcastle in the Premier League.
I’m not saying he didn’t face a big challenge when he came in but Steve Bruce surely has to deliver better than 17th for words like ‘great triumph’ to thrown around.
Jamie Redknapp talking to The Mail:
“Allan Saint-Maximin is an exciting talent and vital to Newcastle on the counter.
“Steve Bruce needed that pace.
“I recall asking Bruce after their 0-0 draw with Brighton in September if keeping Newcastle up would be his biggest achievement as a manager.
“I still think it would be a great triumph, considering what Bruce walked into in the summer.”
The Jamie Redknapp Premier League Team of the Week:
Walker (Man City)
Lundstram (Sheff Utd)
Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United)
Mousset (Sheff Utd)
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