Saturday’s early kick-off could be a real treat if Newscastle United coach, Steve Bruce, decides to add Allan Saint-Maximin in the starting lineup against the improved West Ham United.
Newcastle United scored three goals in 52 minutes in his two substitute appearances after returning from injury against Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley.
These performances, which included a brilliant goal and an assist from Saint-Maximin at Turf Moor, gained them four vital points in their fight to remain in the Premier League.
When Saint-Maximin is fit to play, Newcastle has a much better record than when he is not.
With him in the team, they score more than twice as many goals and have a decent 33.3 percent win rate.
In their 13 games without him, they have scored just 0.62 goals per game, halving their chances of winning all three points.
This weekend, he will be paired with Callum Wilson in a 3-5-2 formation in what could be an extremely exciting front two.
“They’re both available,” Bruce told Newcastle’s official website.” You only have to look at statistics for the two of them to realise that when they’re in the team, we’re simply better.”
West Ham has conceded seven goals in their last three games and will be wary of facing such a fast counter-attack.
The pace and dribbling skill of Saint-Maximin will cause defenders to back off. We saw this at Burnley, where he set up Jacob Murphy for a goal before the Frenchman scored on a 50-yard solo run down the middle.
And in a 3-2 victory over Southampton at home, Saint-Maximin created two goals with impressive runs behind the defenders down the left flank.