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Newcastle United: Allan Saint-Maximin, Emil Krafth and Miguel Almiron struggle

Newcastle United: Allan Saint-Maximin, Emil Krafth and Miguel Almiron struggle -Newcastle United News

Eddie Howe watched on as Newcastle United picked up a point away at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday evening thanks to a goal from Isaac Hayden.

Leandro Trossard gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot in the first half, but the visitors would have left feeling annoyed that they could not capitalise on Robert Sanchez getting sent off late on for clipping Callum Wilson when he was through on goal, which led to Lewis Dunk g0ing in goal for the last few minutes of the game.

Nonetheless, while some Magpies players may have impressed Howe, others would have disappointed, as The Transfer Tavern uses statistical experts SofaScore to dive into the numbers of those who did not put their best foot forward against the Seagulls:

Emil Krafth (6.4)

Admittedly with the same rating with the second-worst player for Newcastle, Krafth ranks third given that he was substituted off (players must feature for at least 45 minutes to be considered), so he had less time to gain the 6.4 rating given to him by SofaScore.

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A right-back by trade, the Sweden international has been slotting in as a central defender under Graeme Jones and it told at times, as he failed to block any shots or make any tackles or interceptions in the match against Brighton.

Attacking-wise, he recorded no shots on goal and lost possession seven times, although he did manage 48 touches of the ball, the fourth-most out of any of his teammates.

Allan Saint-Maximin (6.4)

It was an unusually quiet game for Saint-Maximin, who also gained a 6.4 rating from SofaScore.

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The tricky winger lost out on six of his duels and failed to have a shot or make a key pass or accurate cross, while he only managed 34 touches, the third-fewest out of any Newcastle player to have started. That is a testament to how quiet he was.

Saint-Maximin was also guilty of losing the ball on 12 separate occasions with those touches, the joint-third most out of his teammates.

Miguel Almiron (6.2)

Almiron was rated as the Magpies’ worst player by SofaScore with a 6.2 overall rating.

The Paraguayan was asked to play a wide role by Jones and it did not really suit him, as he did not register a shot on goal, while failing to record a successful dribble or accurate cross.

His 26 touches were the second-fewest out of his teammates to have started the match, while he was also guilty of losing possession 12 times.

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