Newcastle United have been hit with a frustrating injury blow over attacking midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin this week…
Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope has revealed that the Frenchman is not expected to be available for selection against AFC Bournemouth at St. James’ Park.
“Newcastle still nursing a few fitness concerns heading into weekend. I don’t expect to see Saint-Maximin from what I’m hearing. #
Toon boss Eddie Howe has since refused to confirm whether or not the attacker, along with Bruno Guimaraes and Callum Wilson, is in contention to play.
The Magpies head coach should be gutted by Hope’s news as the forward has enjoyed a fantastic start to the campaign and has the quality to provide a spark at the top end of the pitch.
At Anfield, neither player provided a single key pass throughout the match as they both recorded SofaScore ratings of 6.8 or lower. They followed that up by creating one chance between them against Palace, with Almiron producing it, as they were both given a rating of 6.8.
This shows that both players have offered very little out wide for Newcastle since Saint-Maximin’s injury and this explains why the Frenchman’s continued absence is a blow for the club heading into this match.
The ex-Ligue 1 winger has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.53 across four appearances in the top-flight this season, scoring one goal and assisting two in that time. He has created 1.8 chances per match and delivered two ‘big chances’ to his teammates in total, which shows that he has the ability to regularly open up opposition defences.
Saint-Maximin also has the dribbling skills to get fans up off their seats in excitement. He has completed 3.5 dribbles per game this season, which is 0.8 more per match than any other player in the entire division with more than one appearance.
He is a player who can excite the supporters whilst also delivering end product when he gets into good positions, certainly in this season so far, and that is why Howe should be gutted that he is not available for the clash this weekend. Instead, he will have the underperforming Almiron and Fraser out wide, who do not carry the same threat in attack.