Paul Robinson has heaped praise on Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin for his start to the season.
The Sky Sports pundit was concerned with the Magpies’ attacking duo of Joelinton and Miguel Almiron due to their lack of goals but praised the Frenchman for the effect he has had in the final third.
Robinson admitted that the 22-year-old has been the standout player under Steve Bruce at St James’ Park, despite struggling with injuries and only managing to make three starts in the Premier League.
“Saint-Maximin has been outstanding, I think,” he said on Sky Sports’ Football Centre (25/10 11:53 am).
“Since he’s been there, I think he has been one of the shining lights this year.”
The French attacker arrived at Newcastle in the summer from Nice, signing a six-year deal with the club according to Sky journalist Keith Downie.
There is no doubting that Saint-Maximin is one of few players at Newcastle that has the ability to get people out of their seats at St James’ Park. The exciting winger has showcased his talents in small bunches so far this season, with lung-busting runs on the ball that see him glide past opponents with ease no matter how good they are at defending. The 22-year-old has completed 2.6 dribbles per game so far this season according to WhoScored – the most in the entire squad considerably, and Robinson is spot on to single him out for the effect he has had already. Newcastle definitely missed his presence when out through injury at the beginning of the campaign, and now that Bruce has the electrifying winger back fit and starting games consistently, he will be hoping that he can start to add goals and assists for his side at important stages of games.