Former Sunderland striker and current Sky Sports pundit Darren Bent has revealed how he was blown away by the performance of Allan Saint-Maximin against Manchester United on Sunday.
Bent singled out the winger’s performance as one of the key reasons why Newcastle went on to win the game, claiming he tormented Man Utd full-back Diogo Dalot and looked a player no one would like to play against.
Here’s what the former Premier League striker has had to say about the explosive 22-year-old talent:
“For me, that game was all about Saint-Maximin. He was absolutely brilliant. He carried the fight from minute one, when he got that ball, drove forward and had a shot, he had Manchester United on the back foot.
“Dalot, they had to take him off because Maximin was absolutely destroying him. This guy, you talk about speed, power, pace, trickery – if I was a full-back, I wouldn’t want to play against him for the simple fact that I don’t think he knows what he wants to do.
“He was doing step over after step over after step over, arms are going everywhere.”
The Frenchman really did impress over the weekend and got the fans off their seats whenever he picked up the ball, with him now surely a shoo-in to start the Toon’s next fixture away at Chelsea, providing he stays fit.
He has been a hit with the supporters since making the £16m move from Nice in August. He’s interacted with fans brilliantly on social media and is now delivering on the pitch.
Hamstring problems had threatened to ruin his start to the season, but a fit Allan Saint-Maximin can become a deadly weapon for NUFC this season.