Although neither man has scored for Steve Bruce’s side just yet, Dubravka feels that their pace and skill means they can change games in ‘two seconds’.
“I’m really glad that the players, like Saint-Maximin and Miguel, are showing their skills,” he said, as per the Shields Gazette. ““It takes some time for the new players to get used to it [Premier League football]. I’m very happy that they showed their skills and their quality.
“They had some speed. The opposition need to be aware of these players, as in two seconds they can be in their box. I’m very glad that they’re in our team. They can be our strength.”
In recent weeks we have started to see the best of both Almiron and Saint-Maximin, and it’s no surprise that it’s the Frenchman’s return to fitness which has inspired the Magpies’ improved run of form. Almiron, when Saint-Maximin isn’t on the opposite flank, looks isolated, tentative and ineffectual. However, when the 22-year-old is on the pitch the Paraguay international bursts into life. The same is true of club record signing Joelinton up front, as well. The statistics show that Saint-Maximin is the real star of this duo at the moment. As per WhoScored.com, the former Nice man is averaging more key passes and dribbles than Almiron, while he is caught offside less, has fewer unsuccessful touches and is dispossessed less often. Indeed, it’s no surprise that his average WhoScored rating of 6.93 is superior to Almiron’s tally of 6.35. Having said that, the latter is finally starting to round into form, capped off by a goal for his country last week.