Chris Waugh has been speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s Pod On The Tyne about all things relating to Newcastle United.
One of the topics that he spent a bit of time on was the form of Allan Saint-Maximin, who was set to be dropped for the match against Crystal Palace before picking up an injury.
One problem that the 23-year-old seems to have had in recent weeks is the new role in the team that he is playing.
Last season Saint-Maximin in the Premier League played mainly on the left and popped up with three goals and two assists from that position.
He said: “He hasn’t been influencing matches as everyone knows that he can.
“There’s been a lot of talk; is that to do with his position? Possibly it was. He was being played in this 5-3-1-1 formation, and he was essentially played as a number ten.
“He did actually ask to play and was keen to play in that position as well, and he really wasn’t materially affecting matches, and I think there was just sort of the mood within the club that maybe it was time to take him out of the team.”
Do you think Saint-Maximin needs to go back to the wing?
Yes, this is where we get the best from him
No, he should stay where he is
TIF Thoughts on Saint-Maximin and his positioning…
The Toon’s game against Aston Villa has been postponed, so he has a bit more time to recover from his injury, and then we would like to see Saint-Maximin back on the left for Newcastle’s match against West Bromwich Albion, where he can hopefully cause some problems for the Baggies.