Steve Bruce needs to treat Allan Saint-Maximin differently in Newcastle training due to the stress he puts on his body.
That’s according to former Sunderland hitman Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Saint-Maximin’s recent return from the injury.
Saint-Maximin, 24, recently missed three Premier League games with a groin injury but made an explosive comeback in Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Burnley last weekend.
He came off the bench in the second half with Newcastle 1-0 down but just six minutes after his arrival, the tide had turned and Saint-Maximin had a goal and an assist to his name.
Phillips insists Newcastle need to look after their star man through the week to minimise the chances of recurring muscle injuries.
“Yeah definitely, he’s a top player,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs when asked if Saint-Maximin could hit double figures for goals and assists next season.
“He’s just, how can I put it? He does things you don’t expect but the big thing for him is staying fit.
“He plays such an explosive game and those sorts of players do pick up injuries, muscle strains because they’re so quick and powerful.
“The stress they put their body through means they have to be treated differently through the week in terms of their training load and he’s one who’s had a few injury setbacks.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if there are people sniffing around Saint-Maximin, he’s a quality player.”
Saint-Maximin missed a large portion of this season after contracting coronavirus and suffering with the effects of long COVID.
In all, he has scored seven goals and registered nine assists in 49 Premier League outings for the Magpies since he moved to the club from Nice in the summer of 2019.