Darren Bent suggested Newcastle United attacker Allan Saint-Maximin had become undroppable for Steve Bruce.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Sunderland striker admitted that Bruce couldn’t leave Saint-Maximin out as no one else can do what he does.
Saint-Maximin has featured 10 times for the Magpies this season and is yet to score his first goal for the club, although he has registered one assist.
Bent acknowledged that Saint-Maximin may frustrate fans with his lack of end product at times but highlighted how quickly the 22-year-old can get up the pitch.
When asked if he found Saint-Maximin frustrating as his amazing runs can lead to nothing, Bent told Football Insider: “You can’t leave him out!
“When you have that pace and that trickery, you can’t leave him out because what can you do with him?
“He (Bruce) has got no one else really that can do what does.
“He gets up in the pitch in a hurry, he can travel up the pitch 60-yards quickly, so unfortunately as much as he may frustrate Newcastle fans or whatever, you’ve got no one else.”
In his 2018/19 campaign when still with French side Nice, Saint-Maximin scored six goals and racked up five assists in the 36 appearances he made.
The Magpies agreed to a deal that could see them end up paying Nice £20million for the Frenchman, with the winger penning a six-year deal upon arriving in the summer.
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