On a bad day for Newcastle, Allan Saint-Maximin can certainly be proud of his performance.

The Magpies were mauled by Arsenal, on the wrong end of a 4-0 drubbing after a second half collapse.

But Newcastle were impressive at times in the first half, and that was largely down to Saint-Maximin.

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The Frenchman was clearly in the mood at the Emirates, causing the Gunners so many problems in the opening 45.

Even in the second half when Newcastle regressed, it was the £16.5million man who came closest to scoring. Sadly, his effort crashed off the post.

Multiple times in the game, you could see Saint-Maximin drifting inside, so could he do a job through the middle?


Joelinton’s inability to get in the box was there for all to see against Arsenal, despite Saint-Maximin’s efforts to create chances.

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So maybe Steve Bruce should consider switching the pair. Move Joelinton out wide where he’ll be under less pressure, and allow Saint-Maximin to play in a more free role through the middle.

There were moments when the 22-year-old received the ball with his back to goal, and he was able to hold it up and spin away into space. This suggests that he might not actually be wasted as a striker.

The big issue will be getting the ball to him and keeping him in the game.

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The issue with Joelinton is that he isn’t capable of doing something out of nothing when he’s up there on his own. In contrast, Saint-Maximin will try and run past the whole team if he can.

This is certainly something Bruce must consider ahead of next weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace.

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