Alex McLeish has said that the loss of Allan Saint-Maximin has been a “killer” blow to Newcastle United, coming as the Frenchman returned to the training facility on Friday, via @NUFC.
After Bruce revealed that he has still got one or two more tests to do as he continues to fight his illness caused by testing positive during the pandemic, the club posted images of his return to action on Friday evening, so it appears those tests were passed.
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Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish outlined just how much of a blow it has been to the St. James’ Park faithful with him being absent from the team:
“Losing wee Saint-Maximin has been a killer blow for Newcastle’s kind of positivity.
“We’re talking about the striker being on his own all the time, Wilson, and all that happens is eventually the ball gets lumped up and he’s supposed to keep it or run in behind but he’s not getting the support.”
Saint-Maximin a big miss for Newcastle
The France international is certainly a player that gets fans of the Tyneside club off of their seats, and it is no surprise that the Toon have not won in their last eight matches over competitions now without him in the side.
They have been knocked out of both the Carabao and the FA Cup to Brentford and Arsenal respectively and have picked up just two points from their last six games in the Premier League in clashes where Saint-Maximin may well have made a big difference.
The 23-year-old had continued where he left off from the 2019/20 season this term in the top flight, winning no fewer than 7.6 of his duels per appearance while also averaging 3.6 successful dribbles a game (Sofascore).
Magpies supporters will want him back playing as soon as possible, with Bruce even admitting himself last month that the winger is a ‘crowd favourite’.
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