A crazy statistic has emerged about Allan Saint-Maximin as Newcastle United have averaged 1.89 points per game when he has started this season so far, compared to just 0.73 when he has not, according to Whoscored (via NUFC 360).
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Based on these stats, if the 23-year-old had started every game in the Premier League for the Tyneside club, including their upcoming fixtures, then Steve Bruce’s team would have earned 72 points over the 38 matches.
Given that Chelsea are currently in the last guaranteed UEFA Champions League spot on 54 points with just six games to play, they could only reach a maximum of 72, meaning that it would all but guarantee the Magpies a place in Europe’s elite competition.
On the other hand, the Toon would have picked up just 28 points from their 38 games if he had started in none of them. On the basis that Aston Villa and Bournemouth are in 18th and 19th place in the Premier League table respectively on 27 points, they would have each potentially only needed a couple more points from their last six matches to finish above Newcastle, which would likely have seem them relegated from the top flight.
When Saint-Maximin has not started, #NUFC average 0.73 points a game, earning them around 28 points over a 38 game season and certain relegation.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 3, 2020
Saint-Maximin has therefore been a revelation in the Premier League so far in the 2019/20 season, averaging 4.7 successful dribbles and 1.3 key passes per game, as well as creating eight big chances, scoring three goals and making four assists, according to Sofascore.
These kinds of stats show just how much the Frenchman has been relied upon during his debut campaign at St. James’ Park, and perhaps the rest of the side need to step up to his level.
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