Allan Saint-Maximin rescued a point for Eddie Howe on his Newcastle debut on Saturday.
The Magpies drew 3-3 with Brentford, with a hugely entertaining game ending all square.
While Howe wasn’t in attendance, he will surely have been happy with what he saw from his new players in attack. Defensively, there’s work to be done.
But the new boss has a lot of attacking talent to work with, and the star attraction netted Newcastle’s equaliser.
Saint-Maximin started and finished the move, before celebrating with some sensational acrobatics.
The 24-year-old was a big fan of previous manager Steve Bruce, and sent him a heartfelt message following his departure.
But what does the Toon winger think about his replacement?
Saint-Maximin already thinks Howe is ‘great’
“He’s [Howe] a good coach for me,” Saint-Maximin told the Shields Gazette.
“I don’t need one year with him to see if he’s a good coach or not – he’s a great coach. They have a nice philosophy, a nice idea – and you can see that from the first game.
“We played more in attack, we had more chances to score, and it was more difficult to defend against us, so we just have to keep going like this and to concede fewer goals, and I’m sure we’re going to win more games.”
While Saint-Maximin was a fan of Bruce, the lack of attacking football must have frustrated him.
That appears to be changing under Howe. The Magpies looked much more cohesive going forwards, with the front three combining well.
Saint-Maximin is a player who Howe will rely on, and the first game was an excellent start. The Frenchman’s deflected shot created Joelinton’s goal, while the equaliser was fantastic from Saint-Maximin.
These were the first goal contributions from Saint-Maximin since the 1-1 draw with Watford. He now has three goals and four assists.
With Howe’s new attacking style, Saint-Maximin will be hoping to add to that tally in the coming weeks.