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Allan Saint-Maximin talks up Alexander Isak connection

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Allan Saint-Maximin believes he and Alexander Isak can offer Newcastle United something extra. 

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The Frenchman was arguably the only previously key player to have struggled under Eddie Howe last season and was then unlucky to have seen his promising start to this campaign undermined by injury.

With the team playing so well this time out, Howe has naturally been rather reluctant to make changes to his starting lineup. Callum Wilson’s prolific start saw him rewarded with a World Cup spot and the left-hand channel has been manned by Joelinton and Joe Willock superbly.

That, coupled with their respective injuries, have seen Isak and Saint-Maximin struggle for game time now they’re fit again.

Still, the goals have dried up of late and both players played a big role in the Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg win over Southampton on Tuesday. Isak, of course, teed up Joelinton for the only goal while Saint-Maximin drew a foul out of Duje Ćaleta-Car late on, which saw the Croatian sent off.

What has Saint-Maximin said about Isak? 

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Speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle, the Frenchman said: “Isak and me have the same situation with injury, and it has been difficult to come back with the team playing so well.

“I have a great connection with him… we try to work hard together to push the manager to let us play.

“I like to play with all the players, but I spend a lot of time with Isak. He’s an incredible player. I want to be able to play with him and show what we are capable of doing on the pitch.”

Should Isak and Saint-Maximin start for Newcastle? 

Clearly, it would be foolish to suggest Howe should make too changes to a team in such strong form.

Still, few would doubt Wilson is failing to fire at the moment and Saint-Maximin often proven a game-changer during his Newcastle career. Having these options in reserve is a mouth-watering prospect of course but it would be fascinating to see them playing together more regularly.

With more firepower needed, perhaps Isak and Saint-Maximin will be brought in from the off soon.

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