By Kevin Campbell

22nd Sep, 2022 | 4:00pm

Campbell makes 'incredible' Newcastle United claim after Allan Saint-Maximin confession

Kevin Campbell has claimed Newcastle United are overly “reliant” on Allan Saint-Maximin’s creativity.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker said Eddie Howe’s side only realise how “incredible” the 25-year-old is when he is absent.

Saint-Maximin missed Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday (17 September) because of hamstring injury.

As quoted by the Daily Mail (18 September), Howe confessed his side miss the French winger dearly.

The Magpies boss said there was “a massive hole” for a player like Saint-Maximin to exploit against the Cherries.

Newcastle have scored just twice in the absence of Saint-Maximin this season.

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When asked by Football Insider if Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron are of the required level to cover for Saint-Maximin, Campbell said: “No they are not.

“Are Newcastle reliant on their best player? Yes.

“Saint-Maximin is an incredible player who makes things happen. You do not realise how important players are until they are not there. When they are not there you realise how much they do.

“Saint-Maximin collapses defences. He draws all of the attention to him. He can beat one, two, three, four players. When he does that, other players get more space.

“The likes of Fraser are not on the same level. Teams do not need to double up on him. That makes it more difficult for the other players.

“Newcastle have to start winning their home games.”

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