Date: 4th December 2019 at 1:24pm
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OPINION

It seems this that there was a before a fully fit Saint-Maximin and a Newcastle team after the Frenchman got to 100%.

Early on in the campaign the appeared to be almost entirely creatively defunct. They were a barren offence, with Miguel Almiron toiling and isolated.

However, since the 22-year-old came back into the starting line-up against in October, the Newcastle team has transformed to a now-passable outfit. The attack, in particular, looks to be a completely different proportion for opposition defences to deal with.

That’s certainly the view of journalist : “I think with Saint-Maximin, since he’s come into the team it’s changed the way Newcastle play,” he told The Chronicle [04/11; before 08:06]. “It’s been like that final piece of the jigsaw.”

Kelly has hit the nail on the head, there. You can’t put it any better, and the revelatory impact Saint-Maximin has had on Steve Bruce’s team over the past two months is why he is arguably ’ most undroppable player at the moment.

The statistics tell you how well he’s been playing. As per WhoScored.com, the youngster is averaging 1.6 shots, 1.1 key passes and a monster 4.3 successful dribbles per game. Plus, he is also being fouled 1.3 times an outing which, given Newcastle’s set piece prowess, is a big thing.

Just take a look at his WhoScored ratings from that Man United game onwards: 7.08, 6.83, 7.28, 7.59, 7.47, 6.90 and 7.23. Simply put, he hasn’t had a bad game.

There’s no way Bruce can drop him at any point right now. His attack would diminish hugely, there’s no doubt about it. The thing with Saint-Maximin, though, is that he’s only getting to get better. He’s just 22 years of age!