Newcastle United last had Allan Saint-Maximin on the pitch on 11/21 against Chelsea. A calf injury and COVID-19 have kept him out since then and Newcastle have only won two of the 11 matches in his absence.
Now, as the club’s slide has reached concerning levels, Saint-Maximin is back in training. There’s no solid indication of when he will be back and ready to roll, but it’s fair to expect that Steve Bruce will ease him back into the fold. If there were ever a time for Newcastle to create their own version of the Bat Signal, there would surely be a shining Gucci headband above St. James’ Park right now.
One of the main deficiencies for the club over this poor stretch of form has been a lack of spark in the attack. If you’ve ever watched Saint-Maximin, you know that his game is built on providing a spark going forward.
With Bruce often relying on very defensive approaches, ASM is talented enough driving the ball forward that he can be a one-man counter-attack. Or, if the embattled Newcastle manager opens things up offensively, the French winger can create for himself or teammates like Callum Wilson or Miguel Almiron.
Supporters have been eager to see their brightest star back on the pitch. With his pace and dribbling ability, he is able to turn what looks like an ordinary possession into a must-see moment.
While it’s unfair to rely on one player to carry a whole club, expectations will be high for the winger. Newcastle United have been lifeless in the attack with one goal scored in their last seven matches. With the upcoming return of Allan Saint-Maximin, the attacking group will get a much-needed boost as the club looks to avoid a relegation fight down the stretch. Newcastle need a superhero and it may come in the form of their skillful, electrifying star on the left wing.