Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin was named in Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week on the BBC Sport website after his Sunday heroics.

The pundit named the 24-year-old among his best players during the weekend’s action and raved about the Magpies star.

Saint-Maximin was in blistering form after being introduced as a substitute at half-time of the weekend win over Burnley.

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Newcastle trailed 1-0 at the break but the Frenchman made an instant impact.

First, he set up Jacob Murphy for the equaliser before firing home a stunning solo effort to give the Magpies a lead.

Crooks was impressed and heaped praise on the fleet-footed star during his Team of the Week piece.

He told BBC Sport: “Within minutes of the sub appearing on the scene the French winger assisted the first goal and scored the second.

“Burnley had been destroyed in matter of minutes.

 

“It’s taken some time for Saint-Maximin to get over Covid and regain full fitness but he looks well over that now.

“A six-point gap with a game in hand – that’s what this win has meant for Newcastle. It’s a relegation game-changer.”

Bruce must keen Frenchman fit

It’s fair to say that had the £38,000-a-week flyer been fit more often this season, Newcastle might not be in such a predicament.

On Sunday he was simply unplayable and gave the Burnley defenders the run around during a freakish second-half performance.

Saint-Maximin has blistering pace and Newcastle will hope he can stay on the goal trail between now and the end of the season.

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Steve Bruce is still fighting a losing battle to prove supporters wrong and keep hold of his job.

With Saint-Maximin fit and firing, however, more games should be won and some of the criticism will begin to level out.

Newcastle are edging closer to survival and with the French dazzler fit, safety should be ensured at a canter.

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