Chris Sutton has claimed that Allan Saint-Maximin was the only player who turned up for Newcastle United as they lost 2-0 to Aston Villa on Monday night.
Conor Hourihane and Ahmed El-Ghazi both scored in the first half at Villa Park to hand the Magpies their first defeat in three games in what was an awful performance by Steve Bruce’s side.
Saint-Maximin has been widely praised for his displays since joining Newcastle from OGC Nice in the summer and ex-Villa striker Sutton was impressed by what he saw from the Frenchman despite the result.
“Villa well worth their win… Grealish outstanding, wonderful to watch,” said Sutton via his personal Twitter account. “Saint-Maximin aside Newcastle didn’t turn up.”
Saint-Maximin showed a few glimpses here and there but it was all hard work and not really much in terms of quality from the Frenchman. He was still probably the best that Newcastle had a Villa Park and he definitely put in a lot more effort than all of his team-mates but it is just so frustrating to see someone who cost around £20million have all that quality without any real end product. Miguel Almiron is basically the same but just has less overall quality than Saint-Maximin. Neither of them seem like scoring any time soon as they both just run around, show off their pace and don’t really create many golden opportunities for themselves, each other or Joelinton. Newcastle’s front three cost around £80million but there is just one goal to show for that money so far this season. Steve Bruce needs to sort this out in January because it’s the kind of thing that can see a team get relegated.