The plaudits for Allan Saint-Maximin continue to mount and rightly so. Newcastle United’s number 10 is giving defenders nightmares and his burgeoning reputation shows no signs of stopping, as he showed against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United last night.
With Steve Bruce’s side trailing at home against Leeds, things could have easily become quite ugly at St. James’ Park, and the discontent amongst the Magpies faithful would have been palpable at full-time if the team had lost.
But due to Saint-Maximin’s heroics, Newcastle managed to earn just the second point of the season which lifted the team above Burnley and into 18th place in the Premier League table.
There is every possibility that Newcastle could finish the fifth gameweek bottom of the table, but having a match-winner like Saint-Maximin in your ranks gives any side a chance and a reason to be optimistic that the tide will turn.
Saint-Maximin was electric
The former Nice man’s performance against Leeds drew high praise from Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.
Speaking to Saint-Maximin after the game on Sky Sports, Neville said: “You were absolutely breathtaking and played really well in the game.”
Commentating live on Saint-Maximin’s goal, Carragher said: “If anyone was going to get Newcastle back into the match it was that man.
“It reminds me of that goal George Best scored all those years ago. This man (Saint-Maximin) is a special player for this team.”
According to Sky Sports Statto, Saint-Maximin, who was man of the match against Leeds, sits first in successful dribbles, second in assists from open play and first in chances created from open play in the rankings per 90 minutes for Newcastle since 2010.
Since August 2010, 113 players have played in the Premier League for Newcastle, so Saint-Maximin certainly stands out from the crowd.
Twitter reacts to Saint-Maximin’s performance
Here is how some football followers on Twiter reacted to the 24-year-old’s performance against Leeds last night.
We have mentioned non-Newcastle supporters to show that even rival fans are in awe of the Frenchman.