By Noel Whelan

23rd Nov, 2021 | 5:00pm

Saint-Maximin 'unleashed' by Howe as Newcastle coach amazed by what he's seen - pundit

Eddie Howe’s attacking philosophy at Newcastle will perfectly suit the skillset of Allan Saint-Maximin, according to Noel Whelan

The former Leeds striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 24-year-old has been “unleashed” by Howe after his display against Brentford.

Saint-Maximin grabbed a crucial equaliser in the 75th minute of the clash, crashing home a well-timed volley at the back post.

Speaking to club media after the match, assistant manager Jason Tindall said the Frenchman is “one of the best” dribblers he’s ever seen.

Whelan claimed the winger can be a match-winner for the Magpies this season.

“He’s always been very important – everyone knows that,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“He gives them that extra bit of quality and makes Newcastle tick – he stands out like a sore thumb in that side.

“The fact that he’s been given that freedom and been unleashed in Eddie Howe’s system is going to suit him to a tee.

“His effectiveness is in the final third, and that’s where he’s going to win Newcastle games of football – which will be vital this season.

“He’s someone, a bit like Raphinha, who can take a game by the scruff of the neck and make something happen. He needs that free role to hurt teams.

“He does do the defensive duty, helps the team going both ways and that mentality is massive when you’re trying to play a more attacking system.”

The Frenchman has scored three league goals for Newcastle this term.

Saint-Maximin joined the Magpies for a reported upfront fee of £16.5million in 2019.

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