After Hatem Ben Arfa cemented his mixed status as one of Newcastle United’s most exciting players of the last decade, being a crucial component to their incredible 2011/12 season, supporters have yearned for a player with the flair to match – with some thinking they have found one in Allan Saint-Maximin.
Saint-Maximin, who got off to a slow start in a Newcastle jersey, has been flying recently with a string of influential performances that have been key to Steve Bruce’s side upping their momentum in recent games.
The Frenchman played a ‘lively’ role in their 1-0 victory over Manchester United at St. James’ Park, whilst also putting on man-of-the-match displays in their recent back-to-back victories against West Ham and Bournemouth.
The 22-year-old also couldn’t take advantage of a great chance to put Newcastle further in front against Bournemouth on Tyneside, but judging by his recent showings, it’s only a matter of time.
As a result, supporters have credited him with being the second coming of Ben Arfa – showing just as much flair and creativity.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter:
And Saint Maximin is the most exciting player since Ben Arfa
— Liam ⚫️⚪️ (@LiamNUFC1998) November 20, 2019
Hatem Ben Arfa
— David (@Ted246_) November 20, 2019
— James Armstrong 👨🚀 (@jamesarmstrong) November 20, 2019
— Chris Mills (@ChrisMi17593087) November 20, 2019
— Sugarman (@RobMc1969) November 20, 2019
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Hatem Ben Arfa
— Paul Hindmarch (@punkpablo69) November 20, 2019