Allan Saint-Maximin is the problem and not Steve Bruce – Friend and former player claims
Allan Saint-Maximin is the problem at Newcastle United and not Steve Bruce, said nobody ever.
Well, that is until now.
We have heard some pretty crazy claims / arguments from those who are close to Steve Bruce, blindly pushing points that bear no relation to the facts and what we see before us, yet this probably tops all of them.
Gabby Agbonlahor is a friend of Steve Bruce’s and used to play for the NUFC Head Coach when the pair were together at Aston Villa.
Agbonlahor has now been blaming (see below) Allan Saint-Maximin for letting down Steve Bruce on Saturday at Old Trafford. Bruce’s mate calling ASM a ‘clown’ and asking what else the NUFC Head Coach do, when he has a player like the French winger.
The one-time Villa player declaring: ‘I bet Steve Bruce was pulling his hair out and is tired of repeating to him ‘Stop your silly tricks and just take people on with your pace. You don’t always have to try silly tricks’.’
Hmmm, well I think pretty much everybody else (who is normal) would see this exactly the opposite, that it is Allan Saint-Maximin who should be pulling his hair out, having to put up with Steve Bruce.
ASM is match after match given the near impossible task of being responsible for pretty much anything positive that Newcastle do going forward. Steve Bruce having no other attacking ‘plan’ than give the ball to Allan Saint-Maximin and hope he can just do something, with minimal support from others.
Quite ironic that Agbonlahor fails to mention the cool head that ASM kept when touching the ball beyond the last defender for Manquillo to score his goal at Man Utd.
Or what about the superb play on the opening day when turning West Ham inside out before a perfect cross that Wilson couldn’t have missed.
Or what about the cool finish at the end of the Southampton match that should have won the game, only for the failings of Steve Bruce and other players to end up helping to produce a Saints equaliser. Indeed, Villa away is the only Premier League match so far, when Allan Saint-Maximin hasn’t got a goal or an assist.
This is in no way the first time though when Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed that anything good happens is due to Steve Bruce, whilst anything bad must be the fault of the players…
In November 2020 Agbonlahor declared: ‘Newcastle fans are quite deluded. Steve Bruce is doing a great job…’
Also in November 2020: ‘If Rafa Benitez had done the job Steve Bruce has done, they [Newcastle fans] would be saying he’s a tactical genius, that Rafa is doing an amazing job. But for some reason, because it is Steve Bruce, it’s boring. For me, it’s not boring. He is still playing the likes of Saint-Maximin.’
In March 2021 Agbonlahor: ‘Everyone’s slating Steve Bruce but I back Steve Bruce. He put out a team [that lost 3-0 at Brighton] to go out and perform but there’s only so much a manager can do. Certain players are letting him down, the likes of Ryan Fraser, the likes of Joelinton, they’re not doing anything.’
In April 2021 Agbonlahor saying: ‘Newcastle fans will owe Steve Bruce an apology for the way they’ve treated him.’
Gabby Agbonlahor talking to Football Insider:
“Steve Bruce has attacking players in the team.
“When [Allan] Saint-Maximin is running through in the first half and he does a flick, when all he has to do is pass around his opponent, what else can Steve Bruce do?
“You’ve got Saint-Maximin playing like a clown, playing like he’s Neymar for PSG and they’re 6-0 up. It’s Man United.
“I was so frustrated watching him thinking ‘What is this guy doing?’
“All he has to do is take on another player and get a shot off.
“Instead, he does a stupid trick and gives the ball away.
“I bet Steve Bruce was pulling his hair out and is tired of repeating to him ‘Stop your silly tricks and just take people on with your pace. You don’t always have to try silly tricks’.”
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