Date: 13th August 2019 at 6:01pm
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Newcastle United forward Allan Saint-Maximin is expected to be on the bench when the Magpies travel to Norwich City on Saturday, according to the Chronicle.

Saint-Maximin made his competitive United debut as a late substitute against Arsenal over the weekend, as Steve Bruce turned to his bench midway through the second-half looking for someone who can draw Newcastle back level.

The Frenchman’s introduction did not go as entirely to plan as Bruce may have hoped, though, as the boss could be seen barking orders for the summer signing to move in more centrally from his natural position on the wing.

His introduction also meant Miguel Almiron was forced to drop back into a deeper position ahead of Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie, despite performing admirably in a forward role alongside record signing Joelinton.

It was the first time that all three of Saint-Maximin, Almiron and Joelinton shared the pitch together, but will have to wait until Bruce makes changes against Norwich for a repeat, as it is expected our former OGC Nice star will be on the sidelines at kick-off.

The Chronicle note that Bruce may feel the Frenchman needs more time to adapt to the English game and get up to speed in the 53-year-old’s plans, that have seemed to include Almiron and Joelinton forming a front two from the off.

A change of tactics from the former Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa head coach is not expected, either, as his preferred midfield contingent are thought to be on offer for the trip to Carrow Road.

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