Newcastle United’s new manager Eddie Howe is “excited” to be working with “unique talent” Allan Saint-Maximin, and has claimed the Frenchman’s response in his first two days at the club “has been excellent”.

The 24-year-old had an electric start to the season with two goals and three assists in his opening six Premier League games.

But since then, the former Nice man hasn’t directly contributed to a Magpies goal in his last five appearances.

As well as being reunited with his former Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, Howe, who is an attack-minded coach, will be tasked with getting the best out of Newcastle’s mercurial winger.

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The 43-year-old has worked with some talented players during his time with the Cherries, but if he finds a way to tighten up Newcastle’s defence as well as unleashing Saint-Maximin he could be on to a winner.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Howe raved about “Maxi”, discussing the importance of getting the best out of Newcastle’s number 10, and his response in the first two days of training under a new manager.

Howe said: “I’m really pleased to be working with Maxi. I think he is a very, very unique talent. A game winner, a match winner.

“A real difference-maker for us. First and foremost, we have to find a way to function as a team to get the best out of him. But he also has to contribute.

“Two things go hand in hand. I’m really excited to try and figure out ways to get him to play at his best. His response in the two days has been excellent.”

Can Howe take Saint-Maximin to next level?

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Newcastle’s talented winger has already spoken about his aspirations of breaking into France’s 2022 World Cup squad.

After featuring for his nation’s under-21 side, Saint-Maximin will be hoping that Howe is the man to help him propel his career to new heights.

Not being selected in Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus squad during the November international break has worked in Saint-Maximin’s favour, as it has given him the chance to work with Howe on the training ground.

The 24-year-old was a big fan of Steve Bruce, posting a heart-warming tribute following his departure from Newcastle. He will hope to have just as good a relationship with the new Toon boss.

Saint-Maximin will benefit from Howe’s attacking approach but also his attention to tactical detail – something that was non-existent under his predecessor Steve Bruce.

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