Noel Whelan has claimed it would be a “huge blow” to Newcastle United if Allan Saint-Maximin was unavailable for the trip to Brighton tonight.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, compared the 23-year-old to Adama Traore in the sense that he can “create something out of nothing”.

Steve Bruce revealed that the French winger is likely to miss the trip to the South coast after he was forced off in the loss to Spurs last week.

Saint-Maximin has been in scintillating form since the restart and his 28 appearances this season have yielded four goals and seven assists.

Whelan suggested that all of the Magpies attacking threat emanates with the Frenchman.

“It is a huge blow,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has been there shining light and that danger man that the opposition look to stop because everything goes through him. Any good that happens comes through Saint-Maximin.

“To not have him out on the field is a massive blow because he is one of these players, like Adama Traore, that can pull something out of nothing. He is exciting, has you on the edge of your seat.

“It has not been a great couple of weeks for Steve Bruce. He has done great work up until now but maybe the strength in depth of the squad is showing.”

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Bruce told BBC Newcastle: “”We’ve probably got eight missing (for Brighton).

“Saint-Maximin is the latest one – we’ll see how he is, but he pulled up in the game the other day.”

In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies are closing in on a signing Danny Mills has described as “fabulous”.

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