Allan Saint-Maximin has struggled for fitness so far this season, and that could reportedly force Newcastle to be active in the January transfer window.
The Frenchman returned to the Magpies’ squad on Saturday, and came off the bench for the final five minutes of the 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
It was exciting to see the 25-year-old back in action, but we simply haven’t seen enough of the mercurial winger this season. He hasn’t started a Premier League game since August 28th – the 1-1 draw with Wolves. Saint-Maximin scored a stunner on that day, with his volley earning Newcastle a point.
But he has struggled for fitness since then, making just two substitute appearances.
That has left Eddie Howe slightly light in attack, with either Ryan Fraser or Jacob Murphy joining Miguel Almiron in attack. We have also seen Joelinton play on the left in recent weeks, as well as Elliot Anderson off the bench.
But Saint-Maximin is the player we need, and there is reportedly some concern behind the scenes.
Saint-Maximin fitness could see Newcastle turn to Trossard
According to the Northern Echo, there is concern at Newcastle about Saint-Maximin’s recent injury record. He has missed eight games due to a hamstring injury.
And the report adds that Saint-Maximin’s fitness issues could inspire the Toon owners to splash out on another winger.
Leandro Trossard is the target in question, and the Northern Echo state that Newcastle are going to ask Brighton about the 27-year-old ahead of the January transfer window.
While there is no need to replace Saint-Maximin, it is vital that we get more competition out wide. As we grow as a club, Howe will need a stronger squad.
Even during the summer we needed a winger – preferably someone to play in the same team as ASM. Luckily, Almiron’s form has lessened the need for a wide forward, but Howe would surely like to have an extra option in reserve.
With Saint-Maximin’s ongoing muscle problems, Newcastle should be keen to bring in a wide player when the transfer window opens. Trossard certainly fits the bill, and would be a great addition at St James’ Park.