Allan Saint-Maximin signed from OGC Nice in the summer with the hope that Newcastle United fans will appreciate the flair he has to offer on Tyneside, and it’s safe to say, in that respect, he has achieved that so far – even with his poor goal and assist return.
The French winger, according to a recent statistic from Opta via the Daily Mail, has carried the ball for the most yards out of any other player in the Premier League – averaging 12.17 metres per carry over 125 dribbles.
Even despite his lack of finishing and end product so far this campaign, it should be evident to most Newcastle supporters that he does in fact possess flair, pace and the confidence to attempt take-ons.
In his last three outings for the Magpies, Saint-Maximin has been the central hub of all their creativity – putting the ball on a plate with a sumptuous cross for DeAndre Yedlin to open the scoring in their win against Bournemouth and storming through on goal twice in the first half against West Ham the week before.
The 22-year-old was also unlucky not to bag his first goal for the club against Aston Villa last weekend, with a superbly guided shot testing the gloves of an outstretched Tom Heaton – sailing just whiskers past the post.
Saint-Maximin, now, has statistical proof that he is having an impact on Tyneside despite match reports not showcasing it – with fans slowly starting to fall in love with the winger for his electric style of play and attitude on social media.
Indeed, with number of metres per ball carry being a good measurement of someone’s dribbling ability, it appears to only be a matter of time before we see his name on the scoresheet given the amount of chances he’s created.
As a young player adapting to a new league entirely playing in a team not particularly renowned for scoring, his underlying contribution looks impressive.
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