Laura Woods revealed that she thought Newcastle United attacker Allan Saint-Maximin showed a lot of promise and potential when playing in the 1-0 loss to Arsenal.
The talkSPORT host shared that she thought when you consider his cameo against Arsenal, hearing that the 22-year-old was set to be out for three weeks is quite disappointing.
“Their new striker Saint-Maximin is out for three weeks, I saw him a little bit in that Arsenal game, and I thought there was a lot of promise and potential to be had there, so that’s quite disappointing,” said Woods on talkSPORT (8:14am, Friday, August 30th).
Steve Bruce confirmed on Friday that the Magpies were hoping Saint-Maximin’s hamstring injury will be a thing of the past in two-three weeks time, but did point out they were waiting for scan results.
“We look to get over it and then the international break comes for us at a good time.
“If it’s not that serious, we are looking at three weeks and two of that is an international break.
“Let’s hope for his sake and ours it is good news.”
However while Bruce pointed out that two of the three weeks he’ll be missing occur during the international break, many Newcastle fans will likely feel disappointed about Saint-Maximin’s injury just like Woods.
As she is spot-on to suggest that he showed promise during the handful of minutes he has played.
Saint-Maximin has only managed to play 40 minutes of action for the Magpies, as per WhoScored, due to his injury problems but there have been some positive signs.
In his 23 minute cameo against Arsenal, the 22-year-old was a lively presence as soon as he stepped on to the field and he managed to touch the ball 20 times, which was only 10 times less than Jonjo Shelvey who played 55 minutes of the match. (Source: WhoScored)
Saint-Maximin also managed to register a shot on target and completed two dribbles against the Gunners, and it’s worth noting that only Isaac Hayden, who played the whole game, managed to complete more dribbles.
Considering that the 22-year-old was able to shine despite being given limited minutes, then it’s hard not to feel disappointed that the wait to see how good the Newcastle attacker really is will go on.
It’s also disappointing as considering Newcastle are playing Watford on Saturday, the only side not to register a win in the Premier League this season, as Saint-Maximin may have been able to run riot.