Newcastle United signed Allan Saint-Maximin this summer for £16.5million (Sky Sports) from French club Nice and there is going to be a responsibility on him to contribute in attack.
The 22-year-old has moved to St James’ Park for his first crack at English football and manager Steve Bruce needs him to hit the ground running.
The Magpies are short in the goal department following the exits of Ayoze Perez and loanee Salomon Rondon, so new summer additions Saint-Maximin and also striker Joelinton need to deliver.
Saint-Maximin impressed last season in Ligue 1 with Nice, where he scored six goals and supplied five assists in 34 league games.
The Frenchman is a winger with tremendous pace and trickery, something that Newcastle fans can look forward to seeing in attack.
There is also an argument to suggest he could be an upgraded version of Kenedy, an ex-Newcastle player that showed so much promise but couldn’t quite deliver consistently enough.
Kenedy spent the last 18 months at Newcastle across two different loan spells and has been back with parent club Chelsea for pre-season this summer.
The 23-year-old Brazilian is a skilful winger that dazzled in his initial loan during the second of the 2017-18 campaign.
He was an individual that was direct in possession and a handful for opposition’s full-backs, but unfortunately during the last year his form dipped and he lost his spot in Rafael Benitez’s XI.
There are shades of Kenedy in new signing Saint-Maximin, as he’s also someone that is a fantastic dribbler and has the potential to light up St James’ Park.
Newcastle’s £16.5million signing appears to have the edge when it comes to end product and is someone that is on the rise.
Saint-Maximin has the potential to get fans off their seat in the upcoming 2019-20 campaign and is someone to keep an eye out on.