Newcastle have a long-running custom of particular person greatness, gamers who can carry the crew on their very own when mandatory.
From native lads Paul Gascoigne and Peter Beardsley to French imports David Ginola and Hatem Ben Arfa, jinking runs from twinkle-toed forwards, the type that find yourself on highlights reels for years to come back, have maybe been extra frequent at St James’ Park than wherever throughout the Premier League period.
We’ll even throw Nobby Solano in there.
A cynic would recommend it’s a convention which says extra in regards to the lack of inspiration surrounding the star participant at Newcastle, a sign of over-reliance on one man.
Both method, there may be little question 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 depressing 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 crew sucked right into a relegation battle, whereas his catalytic cameo at Burnley on Sunday would possibly’ve dragged them out of it.
A objective and an help secured a comeback win which leaves Newcastle six factors away from 18th-place Fulham with a sport 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 provided the products by way of objectives and assists, he injects some a lot wanted enjoyable into the Magpies.
Newcastle followers can 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 depart that for now.
One factor’s for sure, it’s all fairly boring till Saint-Maximin will get the ball. Abruptly, you bear in mind why you’re watching this garbage sport of soccer in spite of everything.
The relentless sample of diligent defending and predictable passing makes method for one thing thrilling, one thing magical, one thing Newcastle has at all times 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, usually celebrating victories by utilizing the newest viral clip on Twitter.
Whereas most footballers are simply ‘completely satisfied for the three factors, onto the following 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 looking for a motive to get behind Newcastle’s survival bid, the spectacle of the crew doesn’t make all of it that straightforward. Loads of 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 prime bloke, is correct the place he belongs.