Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Allan Saint-Maximin for the impact he made at Newcastle United during his debut season in the Premier League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, the former Leeds United striker claimed that the French winger has been a “revelation” since arriving on Tyneside.
He also pointed out the parallels between the 23-year-old and eye-catching Wolves wide man Adama Traore, focussing particularly on his impressive ability to test defences with his pace and directness.
Saint-Maximin arrived in the north east from Ligue 1 side OGC Nice for a fee of around £16.2 million last August, and Whelan has argued that he is the exact blueprint of what a Magpies player should be.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Steve Bruce knows what he wants and he’s had a good look at the squad that he’s inherited over the course of the season.
“He’s brought in Saint-Maximin who’s been a revelation. He’s exciting, very much like a Traore figure at Wolves.
“He has that similar dynamic, that kind of power, that kind of running – it’s exciting to watch.
“That’s what the Newcastle fans want to see from their players.”
Saint-Maximin endured a disrupted start to his time with the Toon Army due to a number of injuries, and didn’t start his first Premier League match for the club until the 1-0 win over Manchester United at St. James’ Park in October.
The tricky winger quickly endeared himself to the Magpies faithful, however, and went on to register four goals and seven assists across all competitions last term.
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