The one big negative of the win against Southampton was the injury Allan Saint-Maximin picked up.
The winger left the ground on crutches, and it looks like he’s facing a spell on the sidelines.
This is a massive blow for the Magpies – Saint-Maximin has been a breath of fresh air since he arrived. His dribbling ability gives the fans a lift and gets Newcastle up the pitch. He’s essential to the way we play.
The first time the fans got excited against Southampton was when he amazingly went past three players, almost setting up Miguel Almiron but for some brilliant defending.
But with Burnley on the horizon, it looks like Steve Bruce is going to have to shuffle his pack. But one player who could benefit from Saint-Maximin’s injury is Almiron.
When he arrived last season, the Paraguayan played on the left. He was excellent out there, creating chances and getting Newcastle up the pitch just like ASM. But on the right, Almiron has had less of an impact, often going missing in games.
He popped up on the left twice against Manchester City last week, creating Jetro Willems’ goal before nearly setting up another.
So with Saint-Maximin likely to be ruled out, Bruce must bring Almiron over to the left and let Christian Atsu operate down the right. The Ghanaian can do a job out there, but it’s clear for all to see that Almiron’s best work in a Newcastle shirt comes from the left.
Playing without Saint-Maximin will be difficult, but a potentially more dangerous Almiron could make the difference.