Allan Saint-Maximin proved to be the saviour for Newcastle United once again in the 1-1 draw with Leeds United last night.
The Frenchman was everywhere, and Marcelo Bielsa’s side were petrified of him.
Leeds didn’t know what to do or how to stop him.
At one stage it became a personal battle between Saint-Maximin and his compatriot Illan Meslier in the Leeds goal.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Newcastle’s talisman highlighted that despite earning a draw, the dressing room was “disappointed”, but he wants his teammates to crave that winning feeling.
Saint-Maximin said: “We have to have the mentality to win that’s the most important.”
Saint-Maximin needs help
The 24-year-old has started the season on fire, and in the absence of strike partner Callum Wilson, the former Nice man is carrying this Newcastle team.
Only Mohamed Salah, Michail Antonio and Paul Pogba have been directly involved in more Premier League goals than Saint-Maximin this season.
He’s in elite company on a personal level, but he needs that kind of support and contribution from his Newcastle teammates.
The concern is that Steve Bruce’s side is becoming increasingly reliant on the mercurial attacker, but he cannot sustain the one-man rescuing act forever.
Others have to step up to the plate.
Destined for big things
There is no denying that Saint-Maximin’s early season form wouldn’t have gone unnoticed from some big European clubs.
But just like the St. James Park faithful, the Frenchman craves that winning mentality and ambition at his current club. He wants to help Newcastle challenge for trophies.
But Mike Ashley is probably licking his lips at the thought of making a hefty profit on a player that has a contract until 2026 and that he signed for £16.5m [Sky Sports].
Sky’s the limit for Saint-Maximin and he’s in the form of his life currently. He’ll be heralded a hero if he can guide Newcastle out of this current predicament, but he does need help from his teammates.