Sunday was the first time we got a long look at summer signing Allan Saint-Maximin, and the Frenchman excited the crowd with every touch, so his latest comments should have fans drooling.
He was instrumental in the build-up for Matty Longstaff’s goal, and gave fans a hint of what was to come almost from the first whistle.
His control of the football while in full flow was breathtakingly good, and his pace was blistering, causing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side problems whenever he was in possession.
After the game, Saint-Maximin told the Chronicle: “I was really happy because I tried to keep running and dribbling – that’s my job.
“My qualities are to run at people. Sometimes I do a lot of things in a game but I know what my qualities are.
“I need to play more now. I want to be playing every game, then I’ll feel much better.”
He also commented on the adulation from the fans.
“They give me power and a good feeling,” he said. “So I’ll try to run more and enjoy it with them. I’m happy when we win”
Newcastle supporters will be licking their lips at the thought of Saint-Maximin doing even more running at defenders, and to hear him say he will get “much better” as he gets more games under his belt, is a prospect that should fill future opposing defenders with dread.
Saint-Maximin is already becoming a cult hero at Newcastle
Although the Manchester United side this season is nowhere near the level of some of those in the past, there were still some top-class players who were made to look foolish by the Toon’s new French flyer.
And the thought of an even more improved version of the head-banded maestro running at less competent defenders, will surely see fans serenading a new hero.
Of course, there will be times when not all his tricks will come off, but he oozes confidence, and that means he is unlikely to let those times get him down.
Certainly fans will forgive him the odd mishap, if it means watching more of what he showed at St James’ Park on Sunday.