It’s hard not to love Allan Saint-Maximin…unless you’re Pablo Zabaleta.
On the pitch, he’s a dream to watch. With his incredible pace and dribbling ability, Saint-Maximin treats St James’ Park like a playground, relentlessly running at opponents and exciting fans every time he gets the ball.
And off the pitch he’s also proving to be a fan favourite.
Weeks after he became a Newcastle player, the Frenchman took a trip to the West End Food Bank after receiving a message from the charity on Twitter.
If Saint-Maximin hadn’t visited the Food Bank, no one would’ve questioned him. But the fact that he took time out of his day to visit and support them shows what kind of a man he is.
And on Thursday night, you’ll be able to hear him on local radio. Matthew Raisbeck, commentator for BBC Newcastle, confirmed on Twitter that the 22-year-old will be on Total Sport on Thursday night, answering calls from supporters from 6pm.
This is just another example of Saint-Maximin buying into the area, not just the football club. Hopefully he follows up his BBC Newcastle debut with his first Toon goal against Aston Villa on Monday night.