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Newcastle United most (only?) creative player – End of season Premier League report

4 months ago
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Allan Saint-Maximin stands out at Newcastle United for all kinds of reasons.

Both on and off the pitch.

The French winger a breath of fresh air in so many ways, whether it is helping out the local Food Bank, or entertaining Newcastle fans with his social media.

However, it is of course his on-pitch contribution which is by far the most important, many would say vital, to Newcastle United.

An end of season Premier League report has shown just how stand out Allan Saint-Maximin is, particularly by NUFC standards under Steve Bruce.

A table has been published by ‘The Other 14’ (who specialise on stats/tables etc on the 14 clubs who aren’t the ‘Big Six’) which shows the Premier League players  over the course of the 2020/21 season, who have created the most chances in open play on average every 90 minutes:

As you can see, despite the overwhelmingly negative tactics used by Steve Bruce in the vast majority of games, Allan Saint-Maximin still shone through last season.

Only six ‘other 14’ players creating more chances on average per 90 minutes than ASM.

Allan Saint-Maximin averaging 1.72 chances created in each 90 minutes, with not a single other NUFC teammate in sight.

The likes of Leeds with four in the list, Brighton and Leicester with three each, Wolves and Villa two each, but ASM the only NUFC player to feature.

It is particularly impressive when you remember that Allan Saint-Maximin the vast majority of time is forced to pick the ball up far closer to his own goal than the opposition’s, as Bruce’s negative tactics usually have Newcastle sitting so deep.

If playing for an attacking team that plays on the front foot and presses the opposition with an ambitious creative manager, it would be very interesting to see what ASM could / would then produce.

We all hope that one day Newcastle United could once again be that type of team…

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