Saint-Maximin was named on the bench against Burnley but made a lasting impact after coming on and registering an assist, before running from his own half and scoring the winner, and he followed it up with another assist in the win against West Ham that moved the Toon nine points clear of the relegation zone.
Lee Hendrie spoke to The Transfer Tavern about Saint-Maximin and claimed that he would be a great signing for Aston Villa, who currently sit nine points ahead of Newcastle and hold an outside chance of qualifying for Europe.
When asked about that and speaking on how Saint-Maximin often fails to deliver on the pitch, Howey told FFC:
“I spoke to Lee the other day and he never mentioned that to me. I think he is one of those players that excites fans but at the same time, he is very frustrating.
“For me, to pay a vast amount of money for him is still a bit of a punt because sometimes you’re like wow, but other times he kind of whizzes around and doesn’t really do a great deal.”
The £38,000-per-week winger made two substitute appearances for Newcastle before starting against David Moyes’ men since returning from a groin injury that he picked up before the international break.
Steve Bruce’s side are unbeaten and have scored seven goals since reverting away from the split striker system and operating with a more conventional back three.