And it would appear that the appreciation is very much mutual.
Responding to one fan’s self-penned chant about the 22-year-old on Twitter, he wrote on his personal account: “OMG.
“Thank you for all this love! I will do my best to make you proud”.
This is certainly one way to endear yourself to a fanbase. Saint-Maximin has been open and positive since the moment he put pen to paper on a deal on Tyneside, and the Toon Army have repaid him by making him a firm favourite before he has really even shown what he can do on the pitch. If his stats in France are anything to go by, however, then he shouldn’t have any trouble walking the walk either. The wide man completed 4.2 successful dribbles per game last season, as well as 2.2 shots on goal and 1.7 key passes, as per Whoscored. If he can replicate that kind of form in the north east then his popularity is going to keep on growing and growing. The Geordies have always loved a live wire, and it looks like they might have a brand new hero on their hands here.