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Saint-Maximin’s brilliance won’t be enough to keep Newcastle up

September 24th, 2021 | 10 Comments |

Allan St Maximin
Will ‘the Saint’ be enough to save Newcastle?
There is only one thing that stops the “we want Brucey out” chants at St James Park and that is the expectant roar whenever Allan Saint-Maximin gets on the ball. Indeed, even the most fed-up Geordie will momentarily put his grievances with the manager to one side to appreciate the spectacle that follows.

The French winger breathes life into the terraces of St James’ Park and reminds fans of why they fell in love with the sport in the first place. Indeed, Saint-Maximin’s carefree nature with the ball at his feet is a throwback to simpler times given that his approach is so refreshingly straightforward: run at the opposition and put the fear of God into their backline. (more…)


Has Mikel Arteta shot himself in the foot over Willock?

August 23rd, 2021 | 29 Comments |

Joe Willock
Joe Willock: Toon’s only Summer signing.
One thing most Toon fans can agree about is that Joe Willock certainly made a very positive impression during his loan spell last season. If anything, it seemed as if he was almost too good (bear with me). With every performance (and every goal), it seemed as if he was drifting away from us, either Arsenal would see the error of their ways and want him back, or his price would escalate to the point where notoriously tightfisted Toon owner, Mike Ashley, would get the vapours at the sums being mentioned, but it didn’t. Willock was sold for around the price we thought he would be in the first place if the figures being bandied around (£20-25 million) are to be believed. (more…)


Magpies Step Up Just in Time to Avoid Disaster

April 23rd, 2021 | 33 Comments |

Wilson, St.Maximin and Willock
Callum Wilson, Allan St.Maximin and Joe Willock
It’s hasn’t always been an easy watch this season, but a run of one defeat in seven games looks to have saved this campaign for Newcastle.

Bookmakers have pushed the Magpies as far out as 14/1 to go down, compared to 1/9 for a Fulham side suddenly in big trouble below them. While the job isn’t quite complete yet, Newcastle fans can breathe a little easier after several months of watching the team play toothless football on its way into a relegation fight. (more…)


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

January 20th, 2021 | 2 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. (more…)


Why do Newcastle United managers hate Dwight Gayle so much?

January 8th, 2021 | 190 Comments |

Dwight Gayle
Underrated?
Until Callum Wilson came along, Dwight Gayle was easily Newcastle United’s most successful finisher, and yet, apart from the odd cameo when Gayle would get a few minutes at the end, both Rafa Benitez and Steve Bruce have pretty much left him to decay on the sidelines. Despite excruciatingly bad performances week after week from other forwards, and despite a desparate lack of goals from Newcastle United over several seasons, Gayle has been left on the sidelines, but why?

To be fair, he is a rather injury prone player who has had several spells of injury since he signed for the Magpies in 2016, including the early part of this season. But there have also been many periods when he has been fit and ready to go, and has still found himself being overlooked in favour of strikers with the finishing skills of Diana Ross. (more…)