Newcastle United have been handed a major injury lift as they prepare to face Brighton on Saturday…
Magpies reporter Dominic Schurr has revealed that he will be back as an option for Eddie Howe against the Seagulls at the weekend.
The French attacker has missed the last two Premier League matches through injury and spent a period in his home country to recover from his knock, but is now set for his return.
Schurr Tweeted: “Allan Saint-Maximin is back at #NUFC after a slightly longer stay in France than expected. Crucially, he is set to be back in contention for Saturday’s match at home to Brighton.”
Newcastle fans will be buzzing with this claim as they will surely be excited with the prospect of seeing the winger back in action at St. James’ Park this weekend.
The former OGC Nice man is an exhilarating player to watch and one the supporters can enjoy due to his direct style of play. His ability to run past opposition defenders with the ball can get people off their seats in anticipation but he also has the end product to make things happen when he gets into good positions.
Saint-Maximin has registered five goals and three assists so far this season, whilst averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.00 across 23 appearances. This shows that he has been a consistent performer for the Magpies as he has maintained a high standard throughout the campaign.
He has averaged a sensational 4.6 dribbles and 1.6 chances created per game and this illustrates exactly why fans will be buzzing to see him back. The attacker makes things happen when he is in possession and that is why they will be wanting to see him in the starting XI come 3pm on Saturday against Brighton.
Jacob Murphy has taken his place in the forward line in the last two matches and has been unable to fill the gap left by his teammate. He completed one dribble and failed to provide a goal or assist in the matches against Brentford and West Ham.
This suggests that Saint-Maximin’s return will be a major boost for Eddie Howe’s team as he is, quite simply, a better option than Murphy due to his quality on the ball in the final third. Therefore, the Toon Army will be delighted that he looks set to be fit for the game.