By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

22nd Feb, 2020 | 5:00pm

'On the edge of your seat' - Exclusive: Bruce compares Newcastle star to Toon Army heroes

Alex Bruce claimed Alan Saint-Maximin has got the Newcastle United fans “on the edge of their seat” with his displays this season.

The former Hull City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, even likened the 22-year-old to St. James legends such as David Ginola and Faustino Asprilla for his exciting brand of football.

Saint-Maximin arrived from Nice this summer in a £16.2million deal and has dazzled fans with his pace and trickery from the left-hand side of Newcastle’s attack.

However, the former France under-21 international has been limited to 15 Premier League games so far this term due to a recurring hamstring injury.

When asked for his assessment of the Frenchman’s first season on Tyneside, Bruce told Football Insider:  “What has been tough for him is that he has got a couple of nasty hamstring injuries and it has stopped him in his tracks a little bit.

“Listen, he is box office. He is a really good player and he can unlock any defence with his skill. You never know what he is going to give you and that is exciting.

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“He is the kind of player that over the years Newcastle supporters have enjoyed watching when you go back to the Ginolas and the Asprillas and these kinds of lads where they get you on the edge of your seat.

“He is capable of doing that but he needs to stay fit and get a run of games because it has been a little bit stop-start for him.”

During his time in France Saint-Maximin scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists which were enough to earn him a move to the English top flight.

Steve Bruce’s side face a crucial match on Saturday when they take on a struggling Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park.

In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider 26-year-old face impossible task at St. James.