Worrying new Allan Saint-Maximin claims emerge from NUFC reporter for The Athletic

Sky Sports reported last week that Allan Saint-Maximin’s new hamstring injury would sideline him for ‘4 weeks’, however the latest update on the Frenchman’s fitness paints a much bleaker picture.

According to The Athletic’s Chris Waugh, he will not only miss all of our festive fixtures, but is already deemed a “serious doubt” for our home game with Chelsea on January 18th.

This suggests his earliest return date could be our trip to Everton on January 21st, meaning he looks likely to miss at least NINE games following his injury in the latter stages of our 2-1 win over Southampton earlier this month.

Worryingly for Steve Bruce, we’re yet to win a SINGLE game this season when he’s not started. In contrast, our win percentage with the Frenchman in the team is 60%.

As Waugh’s piece also illustrates, our chances per game and goals per game increase when ASM plays. We win more when he plays. We lose less when he plays and we concede fewer too.

His unpredictability, pace, flair and ability to create something out of nothing puts opposition teams on the back foot and gives us a deadly weapon on the counter, but it looks like Bruce will have to do without him for at least another 5 weeks.

History suggests we don’t cope well without him, so it’s crucial that Bruce creates a successful plan B and that his replacement performs well in his absence.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

One thought on “Worrying new Allan Saint-Maximin claims emerge from NUFC reporter for The Athletic

  1. Another example of why stats are a complete waste of time.

    I’ve watched every match that he’s played in and I haven’t seen anything positive from him other than he gets the crowd going.

    Yes he’s fast and he takes players on but his end product just isn’t there. He couldn’t cross a “t” and couldn’t finish a book. I always argue that for some players their contribution is much more than a bunch of stats, now I have to say that for others (St Maximin) it is much less.

    Chris Waugh was a waste of space as a journalist when he was with the Chronicle and I don’t think anything has changed now he is with the Athletic.

    Putting up these kind of stats when we are losing our speedy winger for a couple of months shows just where Waugh’s loyalties lie. He’s just stirring things up with the fans.

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