By Frank McAvennie

13th Jan, 2022 | 9:00pm

Pundit 'certain' Wood and Saint-Maximin will form 'deadly partnership' and keep Newcastle up

Chris Wood and Allan Saint-Maximin can strike up a deadly partnership at Newcastle United.

That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the Magpies secured the much-needed signing of a striker.

Newcastle confirmed the signing of Wood, 30, on Thursday (13 January) with Burnley confirming his release clause had been activated.

The New Zealand international has been registered in time to play against Watford on Saturday (15 January).

He could start the must-win game following a long-term injury blow for Callum Wilson.

McAvennie insists the signing is a brilliant move and backed Wood and Saint-Maximin thrive when playing together.

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“Wood is a brilliant signing, he will score goals for them,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“It might not be the name they want but he offers an outlet they don’t have when Wilson isn’t there.

“I’m just thinking. The guy they have in attack, Saint-Maximin, I’m certain he’s the one who will keep them up.

“If you get Wood holding the ball up and laying it off to Saint-Maximin, I think that’s going to be successful.

“Just play Saint-Maximin off Wood and get him in behind. That’s where he does his best work.

“Saint-Maximin also has a decent enough cross on him, not as good as Trippier, but I think the two of them can work well together.

“It’s exciting for the fans. There’s a deadly partnership for you.”

Saint-Maximin has scored four goals and provided three assists in the league this season.

Wood has scored three goals for Burnley, who are level with Newcastle on 11 points.

In other news, Newcastle have been backed to follow Wood’s signing with the arrival of another striker after an update from a source.