Christian Atsu came in for praise on Saturday for a lively showing against Watford.
The Ghanaian winger was selected to start by Steve Bruce, after coming off the bench and providing an assist for Joelinton against Tottenham Hotspur in the club’s previous Premier League outing.
The former Chelsea man was impressive against the Hornets much to the delight of the Newcastle faithful, who have often been left frustrated by Atsu’s inconsistency.
Atsu stood out at St. James’ Park and played with a confidence that has not always been present.
Something appears to have clicked with Atsu, and fans will be hoping it keeps up.
It could be that the summer arrival of Allan Saint-Maximin is behind the change.
The £16.5 million Frenchman (BBC Sport) hasn’t really got going at his new club yet due to injury, but has shown glimpses of his talent.
His absence on Saturday allowed Atsu to start, and the 27-year-old did step up.
Perhaps he knows Saint-Maximin is a direct threat to his place in the team and is therefore using his arrival as a catalyst.
There is potential for the ex-Nice forward to push Atsu – who earns £30,000-a-week (Spotrac) – to a level that many feel he should have reached some time ago.