The Mail’s Craig Hope wrote a worrying ‘exclusive’ this time last week, claiming the Frenchman’s future was ‘in doubt’ after being unhappy with Bruce’s decision to leave him out against Burnley.
He’s refusing to let it go and it shamelessly standing his ground – despite both Bruce and The Athletic playing down talk of any ‘fallout’ – and Andy Carroll is another who’s suggested Hope made a mountain out of a molehill.
As shown below, he commented “I’m glad to see that you have made up after the BIG bust up” in response to Saint-Maximin’s latest post on Instagram – which shows him hugging the NUFC boss after Saturday’s win at St Mary’s:
A brilliant response from Carroll and one which sums up the situation pretty well, with ASM and Bruce’s hug (and his post on social media highlighting it) showing there’s no issue between the two.
Saint-Maximin has said that he was disappointed to be left out against Burnley – but his comments on the matter were typical of any player who didn’t play, and not indicative of a man who’s rowed with his manager as a result.
Hope jumped all over his comments, but as we explain in our response to his latest tweet (he’s not letting it go, is he?), being disappointed to miss out is TOTALLY different to falling out with your manager and wanting out of the club as a result!
Either way, the 22-year-old has hardly looked like an unsettled and frustrated player in the two games since this talk of a ‘fallout’ emerged, with him bagging two assists at West Brom and scoring our winner at Southampton to seal all three points!