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No club needs a player more than Newcastle United need Saint Maximin

Posted on January 20th, 2021 | No Comments |

Allan St.Maximin
Careful now, Allan, we really need you!
It’s no secret that Newcastle United are on a poor run of form, and many fans think that the main reason is the defensive style of Steve Bruce. Whatever the merits or otherwise of Steve Bruce’s method though, there is one thing Newcastle United have been missing since November which has had a bigger effect than anything else, Allan St Maximin and his marauding runs down the flank.

Before I continue though, I think that a little evidence is in order. In the table below, games where St.Maximin has started is compared with games where he was out, or only played a few minutes as a sub at the end of games. The data is taken from the beginning of last season when St.Maximin joined the club. As you can see below, as far as performances with him and performances without him are concerned, the difference is stunning, and a little scary.

Newcastle United with and without Allan St. Maximin.

With St Maximin
31 13 7 11 -3 1.2 42%
Without St Maximin
25 3 8 14 -29 0.7 12%

But why is the difference so great? Because St Maximin carries the ball to the front in a way that no-one else can seem to manage in the current side. Without him there isn’t enough connection between the lines, leaving the front stranded. Although we don’t score prodigiously even when he does start, Newcastle’s form starts to look distinctly ‘Carveresque’ when he doesn’t. Actually, John Carver’s 15% win percentage as Newcastle manager was actually slightly better than the current side’s without St Maximin, which, as you can see above, is only 12%. Unlike here, that would lead to almost certain relegation.

Of course, it’s great to have a player in the side who can have such an influence on games, but of course it isn’t so great to be so reliant on one player, a player whose injury record isn’t exactly great so far too. Winning less than one out of every eight games, as the Magpies do without St.Maximin, Newcastle United would almost certainly be relegated. Whilst he should be back fairly soon now he has recovered from CoVid-19 and is back in training, the extreme dependence and lack of flexibilty will remain.

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