A selection of Newcastle United fans have been slamming Allan Saint-Maximin on social media after the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas claimed the winger could be the man to inspire a greater offence at St. James’ Park.
Saint-Maximin is yet to score or register an assist in any of his six Premier League outings for Newcastle, and has not seen out a full game thus far.
Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers saw the 5 ft 6 forward come close to marking his first full appearance of the term, but was withdrawn in the closing stages for Christian Atsu.
The Wolves encounter also saw Saint-Maximin register one key ball while competing 77.8% of his 18 passes, as well as being successful with seven of his 11 attempted dribbles.
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Dribbles have been one area where the summer signing from OGC Nice has thrived, though, with Douglas referring to one stat claiming the Frenchman leads the way across Europe’s top five leagues for average number of successful runs per 90 minutes this season.
However, WhoScored data suggests Saint-Maximin’s average of 5.7 per 90 is less than Lionel Messi, Alphonso Davies, Sada Thioub and Benjamin Goller have averaged of players to have featured more than four times.
Toon fans are also seemingly hesitant to praise Saint-Maximin too much, as the £16.5million signing often fails to do anything once he advances into a forward position.
The winger has played seven key balls for Newcastle this term as well as taking eight shots, only two of which have been on target.
Despite that, Douglas feels Saint-Maximin will be the man who can give Newcastle an improved offence going forward, with Steve Bruce’s men currently boasting six goals from 10 Premier League games.
Here are some of the messages shared in response to Douglas’ claim…
Yep that’s right plenty of running with the ball with no end product.
Please stop papering over the cracks with ridiculous non story’s. Next you’ll be telling us Brucie wouldn’t swap ASM for any of the others on that list #ashleyout
— Clark Spence (@ClarkSpence5) October 30, 2019
We should’ve just resigned Fabrice Pancrate if we wanted a fast lad with no end product. Would’ve been cheaper
— Paul Young (@PaulY_Marketing) October 30, 2019
ASM and Almiron hold onto the ball far too long and then lose it. Hence why Joelinton never gets a touch. It’s exciting but we’re not gonna score many that way
— Feesh 🌹 (@MrFeesh) October 30, 2019
I don’t understand the grief Almiron gets, yet the praise for ASM for doing precisely nothing? He gets the ball runs and does nothing. Reason Almiron misses is because he has the movement and know how to get into dangerous positions. ASM I don’t think I’ve seen run in behind once
— Josh Blakey (@lil_josh92) October 30, 2019
He is definitely exciting to watch,great ability to beat a man,but he’s not doing anything with it.Did Nice let him go because he has no football intelligence?I don’t pretend to have watched him for them. I hope with a bit of guidance he could be lethal on the counter,not with SB
— Paul Harrison (@moonhoover) October 30, 2019
ASM= Almiron Mk2
— Neill (@UlsterMag) October 30, 2019
Still hasn’t played a full 90 minutes yet.
— Sir Jack (@oinkbaamoo) October 30, 2019