Jermaine Jenas told Match of the Day 2 that Newcastle might not be in a relegation battle had Allan Saint-Maximin stayed fit all season.

The Frenchman was introduced at half-time of yesterday’s game with Burnley – and turned the game on its head.

He set up the equaliser for Jacob Murphy just after the break before scoring the winning with a stunning solo effort.

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The 24-year-old has struggled with a number of injury problems this season and it’s hampered his progress.


He does love playing against Burnley though. His goal and assist yesterday match his achievements in a 3-1 win over the Clarets back in October.

It’s fair to say the Magpies would love him to stay fit between now and the end of the season as they bid to climb the table.

Former midfielder Jenas believes the season might have shown a different complexion had the forward been fit more frequently.

He told Match of the Day 2: “Defenders are scared of him. He showed great composure and if they had him all season maybe this pressure on Steve Bruce wouldn’t be there.”

It’s fair to say Saint-Maximin is one of Newcastle’s top-performing players.

He’s one of few attacking options that possess matchwinning qualities and Bruce has missed that.


The ex-Nice man has scored seven goals and claimed 11 assists during his time at St James’ Park and consistency is now the order of the day.

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Newcastle are now six points clear of the drop zone but do face a grueling run of fixtures.

Keeping Saint-Maximin fit will be ideal and after yesterday’s brilliance his confidence should be sky high.

Newcastle still have a bit of work to do in order to avoid relegation. If the £38,000-a-week star can stay fit, however, the club’s Premier League status should become a foregone conclusion.

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