Newcastle have a long-standing custom of particular person greatness, gamers who can carry the staff on their very own when needed.
From native boys Paul Gascoigne and Peter Beardsley to French imports David Ginola and Hatem Ben Arfa, jinking runs from twinkle-toed forwards, the sort that find yourself on highlights reels for years to come back, have maybe been extra widespread at St James’ Park than wherever throughout the Premier League period.
We’ll even throw Nobby Solano in there.
A cynic would recommend its a convention says extra in regards to the lack of inspiration surrounding the star participant at Newcastle, a sign of over-reliance on one man.
Both approach, there might be little doubt who that newest man is correct now, and he additionally occurs to be French: Allan Saint-Maximin.
The 24-year-old winger has been a shining mild on a dismal Tyneside this season, giving the Toon military most of their few causes to smile.
Saint-Maximin’s absence after contracting coronavirus in November noticed the staff sucked right into a relegation battle, whereas his catalytic cameo at Burnley on Sunday may’ve dragged them out of it.
A purpose and an help secured a comeback win which leaves Newcastle six factors away from 18th-place Fulham with a recreation in hand.
‘The place would they be with out him?’ Nicely, it’s clear, but in addition irrelevant as a result of they’ve him. Glass half full, eh?
Not solely has Saint-Maximin equipped the products when it comes to objectives and assists, he injects some a lot wanted enjoyable into the Magpies.
Newcastle followers could be the primary to argue they rank among the many Premier League’s least entertaining groups. Whether or not that’s Steve Bruce’s techniques or a basic mishandling of the membership from proprietor Mike Ashley, we’ll go away that for now.
One factor’s for sure, it’s all fairly boring till Saint-Maximin will get the ball. Immediately, you bear in mind why you’re watching this garbage recreation of soccer in any case.
The relentless sample of diligent defending and predictable passing makes approach for one thing thrilling, one thing magical, one thing Newcastle has all the time stood for as a soccer membership: pure, unadulterated pleasure.
And never simply on the pitch. His play is a mirrored image of his outlook on life: the previous Saint-Etienne, Monaco and Good ahead chooses to not take issues too significantly.
Having arrived at Newcastle in 2019, Saint-Maximin has launched the Toon military to the world of memes, typically celebrating victories through the use of the newest viral clip on Twitter.
Whereas most footballers are simply ‘completely satisfied for the three factors, onto the subsequent one’, Saint-Maximin acts like an actual human being on his social media channels.
There is no such thing as a higher instance than his newest tweet, which accurately places an Everton fan within the bin.
If impartial followers are trying to find a motive to get behind Newcastle’s survival bid, the spectacle of the staff doesn’t make all of it that straightforward. Numerous these gamers in all probability don’t belong within the Premier League.
However like Newcastle’s passionate fan base and the membership’s stature, Saint-Maximin, the maverick celebrity and all-round high bloke, is correct the place he belongs.