Newcastle United will have no problem staying in the Premier League and could even enjoy a good season next season if they keep star man Allan Saint-Maximin in shape.
The Frenchman has been called ‘Roy of Newcastle Rovers’ as he led the charge in a surprise win over West Ham in Premier League form on Saturday.
Few would have predicted a victory for Steve Bruce’s struggling side against a side in good scoring form and chasing a Champions League berth next season.
But that didn’t fit the storyline at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon as the Hammers paid off a series of Shambolic defensive mistakes as the hosts claimed a stunning 3-2 win thanks to a goal over Issa Diop and more strikes from Joelinton. and replaces Joe Willock.
The victory wouldn’t have been possible, however, without Saint-Maximin who continued his injury-driven comeback to lead the show – literally – for Newcastle.
There is no doubt that Bruce’s side have been poor this quarter, but they have suffered their fair share of injury issues, the most prominent being Saint-Maximin, who has missed the majority of the campaign with ankle problems. and calf.
But the man compared to Paul Gascoigne and David Ginola has returned at just the right time, with Newcastle recording back-to-back wins for the second time this season only to lift the club nine points ahead of the last three.
And Danny Mills believes Bruce’s side will not only avoid the drop but also enjoy a decent campaign next season if the French ‘livewire’ winger stays in shape … and they manage to keep him in the transfer window. summer.
He admitted, however, that they were far too dependent on the former Nice star.
Speaking during the game at St James’ Park, Mills said on talkSPORT: “It’s almost like, ‘just give the ball to Saint-Maximin’, isn’t it. It’s a bit Roy at the Rovers sometimes from Newcastle.
“Who is going to score? Well, no one outside of Saint-Maximin at the moment. He’s the threat, he’s the livewire that comes in and creates opportunities.
“Saint-Maximin gives so much dynamism to this Newcastle team, he picks up the ball and runs on people, he makes things happen, he is a constant threat no matter what.
“If you keep him in shape all season long and if you can find a decent partner for him… maybe it’s Callum Wilson if you can get them to work together.
“Suddenly you feel that if they can put them both on the pitch and keep them both in good shape, Newcastle will have no problem to say and no problem next season either.
“Newcastle are doing what they do, they are working hard and they are counting on Saint-Maximin for so much energy and attacking prowess.
“He picks up the ball on the halfway line and he tries to run to goal alone, often with four or five defenders! It is a real threat and it causes problems.
“When Newcastle have Saint-Maximin in the squad, it’s a different team and they will always have a chance.
“But you can’t keep relying on players running 50 yards for a goal, that can’t happen. He cannot do everything himself.