The Newcastle United dressing room will have taken a major confidence hit after injuries to Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron.
That is according to former Premier League manager Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted other players would have to lift their games to new heights.
The Magpies confirmed on Tuesday both Saint-Maximin and Almiron would be missing until April after picking up injuries versus Wolves.
🤕 #NUFC will be without Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almirón until April after both players picked up injuries against Wolves on Saturday.
Emil Krafth is set to resume training later this week.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 2, 2021
The French winger, 23, also missed nine games between November and January due to a calf problem.
Meanwhile, Almiron has played in all but two of Newcastle’s 26 Premier League games this season.
McLeish admitted Newcastle had lost two of their most influential players and warned of a mood shift among the rest of the squad.
Asked if the injuries would see heads drop in the dressing room, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Yes, absolutely. There is a mood shift.
“I was at Aston Villa and in that season I lost guys like Richard Dunne, Shay Given at the same time. They were out 14 weeks with collarbone injuries and we lost great players.
“Newcastle have just lost two of their most influential players and others need to step up. They need to play to levels that possibly they haven’t played at before if it’s possible for them to do that.
“The next thing is confidence. Confidence can seep out the dressing room. You certainly can feel the atmosphere as a coach, as a manager.
“Steve (Bruce) will be the best judge of that. He’s been through a lot and he’s a very experienced manager. He’ll have other ideas in terms of how he’s going to cope without these lads.”