Allan Saint-Maximin was handed just his second start of the season on Sunday. He had struggled since the week after Arsenal with a hamstring injury. His inclusion against Manchester United made an immediate impact on Newcastle’s stagnant attack.
Allan is such a threat with his pace, power, and trickery. He was able to dribble through Manchester United on Sunday and create a few chances for his teammates.
He played a few sloppy passes, but for the most part, the 22-year-old’s play adds so much to this Newcastle team.
Allan spoke to the Chronicle about the win on Sunday. He, of course, touched on his favorite topic, dribbling, but also talked about the wonderful goal that Allan spearheaded with one of his attacks:
“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 gave a good pass to Jetro Willems, he then produced some good skills before passing to Matty Longstaff and he scored a really good goal with one touch. We’re all very happy for him. It’s been a really important win for us because we’d only won once at Tottenham before that.
“We lost badly at Leicester and everybody was really disappointed. We kept working during the week and now we have beaten Man United, a great club. We won but we must keep working. For now we can all be happy in the international break.”
Sunday was a great moment for Newcastle and the fans, but Allan is right that the team must keep working. One of the issues we see with Steve Bruce is that he can let his teams lose focus, which we have seen a few times this season.
The Manchester United win should not be a peak followed by valleys like the Tottenham win was. We would like to the team steadily improve like they did last year when they just got better and better.
Allan continued with the following comments mentioning how the fans inspire him to perform:
“They give me power and a good feeling. So I’ll try to run more and enjoy it with them. I’m happy when we win. Even if I don’t score or make an assist it’s OK for me.
“This time Matty did a great job to win it for us against Man United. The fans like me to dribble. I’ll look to make good passes too. But to get a win is the most important thing, just before the break was an important time for me.”
Even though his appearances have been limited this season, Saint-Maximin is already turning into a fan favorite. The affinity for the mercurial Frenchman from Newcastle supporters will have only gotten stronger after Sunday’s tremendous display.
Here is what Allan tweeted after Sunday’s game.
— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) October 6, 2019
We have been so impressed by Saint-Maximin since he joined Newcastle. He seems such a genuinely happy person, and we just can’t wait to see him score his first goal at St James Park.