The draw for Newcastle against Brighton was a disapppointing result, which matched the majority of the performance, but the last 17 minutes gave fans a glimpse of something to look forward to.
Allan Saint-Maximin, Newcastle’s £20 million signing from Nice, came off the bench and gave a fantastic, dynamic cameo appearance, to at least give supporters something positive to talk about.
His philosophy was a simple one – get the ball, run at defenders and try to produce a spark that would ignite a game that had struggled to be lit up all evening.
He was energetic, direct and exciting, and showed that he will be absolute box office for Newcastle this season.
He showed more in 17 minutes than the rest of the side had all night, with the crowd immediately off their seats whenever he got the ball.
He failed to produce the winning moment, but it may have been different if he had been given longer on the pitch to try to do so, something that must happen on Friday at Leicester, if he is fit to play.
His first burst down the left wing had Brighton defenders panicking, giving them something to think about, and the momentum shifted immediately, as a result.
Allan Saint-Maximin must get more time on the pitch for Newcastle
If Newcastle can get him on sooner, or preferably starting games, there may be hope for someone to finally give some ammunition for Joelinton, and Andy Carroll, when he is on.
Miguel Almiron has flattered to deceive so far this campaign, and if Newcastle can get both Saint-Maximin and a fully fit Matt Ritchie on either flank, we could finally start becoming a threat in front of goal.
But whatever the roller-coaster season has in store for Newcastle, with the prospect of Saint-Maximin in the team, it promises to be one heck of thrill-ride for fans.