Allan Saint-Maximin has set his standard for this season after Man City show


Allan Saint-Maximin has set his standard for this season after Man City show

Newcastle United vs Manchester City was a pulsating game, with Allan Saint-Maximin putting on a show in black and white.

The winger was absolutely sensational on Sunday afternoon, producing the kind of performance everyone knows he’s capable of. However, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Saint-Maximin play that well.

But the Frenchman was in the mood against the champions. He ran at the City defence relentlessly, making Kyle Walker look ordinary. He gets heralded as one of the best right-backs around, but he simply could not handle Saint-Maximin.

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The 25-year-old was irresistible, and provided end product too. All three of Newcastle’s goals came from him.

His cross was diverted in by Miguel Almiron after the Magpies’ number 10 created a yard of space up against Rodri and Walker.

The second assist came from Saint-Maximin releasing the ball at the right time. So often he’s been criticised for not passing, but on Sunday he brought others into the game and gave Callum Wilson the chance to score.

And the third goal, Kieran Trippier’s free kick, came from John Stones wiping out Saint-Maximin on the edge of the box. It was the only way they could stop him.

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Newcastle legend Alan Shearer was on Match Of The Day 2, and described the £16.5million man as ‘unplayable‘. He certainly was, and now we need to see more of the same.

We need consistency from Saint-Maximin after performance vs Man City

Now Saint-Maximin has set his standard. He showed flashes against Forest but didn’t penetrate, then he really struggled against Brighton.

But the Man City performance was Saint-Maximin at his unstoppable best. He was a difference maker in attack, which is something we haven’t seen from him in a long time.

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Sunday’s game was probably Saint-Maximin’s best display in a Toon shirt since Eddie Howe took over. Now the challenge will be to stay at that level.

He needs to keep influencing games. The ability is there for all to see – he’s just given Kyle Walker the runaround. Now it’s about consistency.

With two assists to his name, Saint-Maximin needs to build on that tally. He’s a special player, and if he can build on Sunday’s performance then it will be a special season.