Allan Saint-Maximin admits he’s been blown away by the support from Alan Shearer and NUFC fans following another spectacular performance last night, saying he is ‘grateful to be here’ and thankful for all the messages.
The winger has been excellent since the Premier League’s resumption following the coronavirus outbreak, picking up a goal, three assists and a trio of man of the match awards in as many games.
He put in another star-studded performance against Bournemouth last night and also made the NUFC history books, becoming only the third Newcastle player to create three assists in one game after Andy Cole (v West Ham in 1994) and Moussa Sissoko (v Norwich in 2015)!
Here’s his response to Alan Shearer after the former NUFC no.9 praised his ‘brilliant’ man of the match display at Bournemouth:
The Frenchman then sent this message to Toon fans on social media moments later, revealing how thankful he is to be at the club and receiving so much love:
Saint-Maximin became a fan favourite before he even wore a black-and-white shirt, as he has made an effort to endear himself to the Geordie faithful on social media, highlighting how much he likes to express himself both on and off the pitch.
His exciting bursts from the bench earlier in the season had fans wondering just how good of a player he can be, with his end product often lacking at the end of a mazy run. However, since Bruce has placed more emphasis on attack in a 4-2-3-1 system, this has helped raise Saint-Maximin’s game to the next level, as he is now playing some of the best individual football in the top flight.
He is gaining a ruthless streak in the final third and his dribbling has become even more cutting and direct – rarely does he ever get dispossessed with the ball at his feet.
I am too young to remember Ginola – I was very young when Robert played – and I can recall Ben Arfa as if it was yesterday, but Saint-Maximin has got to be the most exciting of the lot?
It is clear he adores the support he gets from the Toon Army, as suggested by the tweet above, and you have to wonder how long we could keep him for if the Mike Ashley reign was to continue.
More reason to hope a takeover goes through! What a player.