Youngster Elliot Anderson has revealed that Allan Saint-Maximin often messages him with words of wisdom to give him a boost.
18-year old Anderson made his professional debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup back in January and is highly rated by the NUFC hierarchy.
The Whitley Bay lad has been capped for Scotland at youth level and it is thought several loan advances were rejected on the basis he was being considered at first-team level by Steve Bruce.
Now the prospect has opened up about how big an influence fan favourite Saint-Maximin has been to him so far.
Here is what he told NUFC TV:
“He (Saint-Maximin) has been a massive help.”
“He gives me a bit of confidence boost sometimes when I’ve been left out of the squad, he’ll message me and tell me to keep working and I will get my chance.
“When I first came up, he made me feel part of the squad through his Instagram posts, and it makes you realise he’s there for you.”
While Saint-Maximin himself is still a youngster at 23, perhaps this news shows he has a level of maturity we at times don’t give him credit for.
The winger is obviously a key figure in the dressing room, with Anderson joining both Callum Wilson and Jonjo Shelvey as players who have praised the Frenchman in the past week.
Anderson may even be asked to step into Saint-Maximin’s boots over the next few weeks, following the disastrous news that both he and Miggy Almiron will be out until April due to injuries picked up against Wolves.