Alan Hutton has outlined that Allan Saint-Maximin not playing has been a ‘massive miss’ to Newcastle United after images emerged last week of the wing wizard back in training.
The France international has missed the last 11 games in all competitions for the St. James’ Park faithful, and within those matches the Tyneside club have been knocked out of both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup and have only won two of the last nine games in the Premier League, drawing two and losing five (Transfermarkt).
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In his absence, Steve Bruce’s team have creeped closer and closer to the relegation zone and are now in 15th spot on 19 points, seven above 18th-placed Fulham, but they have played a game extra (Sky Sports).
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton outlined how important Saint-Maximin is to the team:
“I think Saint-Maximin is a massive miss for them.
“I think they need him back as soon as possible because he is the one guy that can create something out of nothing, but I just think, just go and give it everything, why sit back and wait to get beat?
“Me personally, I would rather see Bruce, he’s got players there that are good players, that can attack – if you’re going to go down, go down fighting, in my opinion.”
Saint-Maximin has been a ‘massive miss’
It is certainly not a coincidence that the absence of Saint-Maximin from the side has coincided with the poor form of the Magpies of late.
In the top flight in the 2020/21 term before his absence, the 23-year-old was winning no fewer than 7.6 of his duels per appearance while also averaging 3.6 successful dribbles a game (Sofascore), therefore helping his team get higher up the pitch.
He is such an important player for a team who typically defend deep, and to have him back in training at least will surely come as a very welcome boost to NUFC going forward for the rest of the season.
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