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Allan Saint-Maximin is the marquee player Newcastle need

Allan Saint-Maximin is the star player Newcastle United need. Forget all the hype around potential incomings like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. The Magpies already have their main man, and they must focus on keeping him.

The forward has all too often found himself carrying the club this season. Both Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson have been heavily relied upon since the start of the campaign. And given the latter’s injury struggles, much of the responsibility has been thrown the way of the former.

Fortunately for Saint-Maximin, he has seen new arrivals come in to help carry the burden. Dan Burn and Matt Targett have arrived to steady the ship at the back. As has Kieran Trippier. Chris Wood meanwhile is aiming to share the goalscoring responsibilities.

The most exciting addition, however, is that of midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. Not only Newcastle fans, but Saint-Maximin himself will be over the moon with the Brazilian’s addition.

Guimaraes featured for just a couple of minutes in the recent league match against Everton. But it was genuinely enough to provide a glimpse of just how talented he is. The midfielder looks set to be a hugely important player for Newcastle in the coming months.

Allan Saint-Maximin is one of a kind

Saint-Maximin has been playing all across Newcastle’s front line this season. That includes roles on the left and right wing, as a second striker and as a centre forward. Moreover, he is yet to miss a match for the club in the current league campaign.

Throughout his 22 matches, he has scored five goals. He also has three assists. But the tricky forward is, of course, much more than just goals and assists.

His dazzling dribbles and direct running have tortured even the highest quality of defenders. He’s a match-winner, and both Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard were full of praise for the player after their recent encounter, as reported by Sky Sports.

New Everton boss Lampard said: “Saint-Maximin on a night like this evening is pretty unplayable at any level of football.”

Newcastle manager Howe commented: “He’s such a special player. We’ve seen in the last few weeks that he’s got better and better since I’ve been here.”

A huge step for Howe and Newcastle

A lot of the headlines concerning Newcastle in the January transfer window involved several big names within the world of football. Many fans believed that such players would be immediately brought in by the new owners.

Other supporters, however, went for a more realistic approach. And they were right, with the Magpies bringing in players who they believe are capable of helping avoid relegation. Guimaraes is perhaps the only exception. But it’s clear the club needed at least one big name to bolster morale, if nothing else.

The victory against Everton was a huge night for many reasons, none more so than the fact the Magpies climbed out of the relegation zone. They now sit 17th, two points above the bottom three.

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Peter Lynch

Sports Journalism graduate from the University of Stirling, huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan, currently working as a freelancer.

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