Famed for his Gucci headband and lightning quick-feet, Allan Saint-Maximin has become a crowd favorite at St James’s Park.
Saint-Maximin is one of the few players who can get 50,000 people up off their seats. However, it’s rare for anyone to be able to do that.
What were his five most memorable moments in the two years Saint-Maximin spent on Tyneside? Joe Buck takes a look.
Assist Isaac Hayden in scoring the winning goal against Chelsea (Premier League 18/01/20).
Saint-Maximin opened Newcastle’s goalscoring account against Sheffield United in the 2-0 win, most well-known for his VAR goal by Jonjo Shelvey.
But it was his help a month later that truly got the fans celebrating.
Newcastle was denied a win after Matt Ritchie’s poor performance. However, Saint-Maximin stepped in with a tasty cross that demanded attention.
Isaac Hayden answered the question and scored what would be Newcastle’s final Premier League goal in front of their home crowd for 16 months.
Winning goal vs Oxford United (FA Cup Fourth Round Replay 04/02/20)
Saint-Maximin returned just weeks later to provide last-minute drama again. He was now pulling his team out from a hole he had dug himself after losing a 2-0 lead to Oxford United, League One.
The tie was looking set for a penalty shootout deep into extra time when Saint-Maximin grabbed the ball just outside the Oxford half.
He flew up the field and cut inside onto his right foot, taking out two defenders. Then he unleashed a bullet into a far corner to win a thrilling 3-2 victory.
Goal won against Southampton (Premier League 07/03/20).
In what would be their last league fixture for more than three months, Newcastle traveled to Southampton in search of their first win after six games. They were hoping to ease some creeping relegation fears.
The trip seemed to be fruitful when Moussa Denepo was sent home for the hosts, and Newcastle was given a penalty just before the half-time break.
Ritchie saved Ritchie’s penalty, and the game was still deadlocked until the 79th minute.
Saint-Maximin once again saved Newcastle’s blushes by capitalizing on Yan Valery’s mistake to poke the ball home. He finished with a dance for the traveling fans.
Assist hat-trick vs Bournemouth (Premier League 01/07/21)
The 2020/21 season was a great time for Frenchman. It culminated in an almost flawless performance at Vitality Stadium.
Saint-Maximin scored three assists. The second was a mazy dribble that passed three defenders to create Sean Longstaff.
Although a comfortable victory was achieved at 4-1, this would be Newcastle’s last win of the season.
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Winning goal vs Burnley (Premier League 11/04/21)
Saint-Maximin’s performances last season against Burnley could easily have been included on this list. However, this feature is because of his influence after coming off the Turf Moor bench almost single-handedly inciting a Newcastle win.
Saint-Maximin was not content with the assist and goal in the reverse fixture. He repeated the feat with the first, a beautiful jinking run that set Jacob Murphy up, then followed by a stunning individual run and finish just inside the penalty box to score his team three points.
Saint-Maximin will have high hopes for fans who are returning to stadiums soon.