We all know that this Newcastle United side are crying out for a creative spark; something, anything to light a fire under the belly of the Magpies’ attack.
“He gives us something that we’ve not got,” he said, as per The Chronicle. “He’s got that bit of pace, bit of power and we’ve seen that so he’ll definitely give us something which will add to us going forward.”
While Bruce’s eagerness for something different is understandable, he is surely piling all the pressure on a man with only 57 minutes of Premier League football to his name.
The statistics from Saint-Maximin’s last season with former club Nice show that he can provide the cutting edge Newcastle need, although his performances in limited action for the Magpies suggests that he may already be starting to fall victim to the creative malaise on Tyneside.
At Newcastle, though, the winger is only averaging 0.7 shots and 0.3 key passes per game. His dribbles tally is down to 1.7, while he is only being fouled an average of 0.7 times an outing.
It must be said that those numbers have come in just one injury-hampered start and two substitute appearances. So it’s not really a fair comparison at this stage, but it’s all we have.
However, with those numbers available to us, we have to wonder whether Saint-Maximin can rise to the occasion with Bruce pouring on the pressure? The answer to that question remains very much to be seen at this stage.