Florian Lejeune has egged on Allan Saint-Maximin after the Newcastle United forward claimed that the “best is yet to come” from him.
The Frenchman has since taken to his personal Instagram account to suggest that he can still improve and that has prompted a response from centre-back Lejeune.
“Voila. I love it when you talk like that,” said Lejeune in a message to Saint-Maximin.
We are yet to see Lejeune, 28, play for Newcastle this season as he continues his recovery from serious injury, but it can only be a matter of time before the centre-back is back in action for the first-team. He has played a couple of times for the Under-23s in Premier League 2 but his return could be accelerated by Steve Bruce due to what happened on Monday. Newcastle were defensively atrocious against Villa. Jamaal Lascelles’ absence was a huge factor while the Magpies also clearly missed Fabian Schar. Paul Dummett was poor and there is every chance that Lejeune could get a match in the Premier League earlier than planned after that defensive disasterclass in the West Midlands. It remains to be seen how well Lejeune will play after such a long spell on the sidelines so he will have to be monitored closely. But he cannot be much worse than what Dummett was on Monday night.