On Friday, manager Steve Bruce confirmed that flamboyant winger Allan Saint-Maxmin is finally ready to make his eagerly-anticipated return this weekend as his side face Aston Villa in Premier League tonight.
The French forward has been out for two months after a positive virus test and long-standing fitness issues as a result. His goals and assists since coming to the club, along with his proficient dribbling ability (3.6 successful dribbles per game), mark him out as a potent attacking weapon for Newcastle when at his best.
Bruce played down the chances of the 23-year-old being involved from the start at Villa Park but nevertheless, the mere confirmation of Saint-Maximin’s return to the matchday squad was at least cause for optimism among many Newcastle supporters.
We’ve collated a pick of the hopeful reactions from the Tyneside faithful…
Twitter: @NUFC Allan is the only man who can save us (@cameronwatt1892)
Twitter: THE BEST PLAYER AT THE CLUB RETURNS TOMORROW https://t.co/GmamY4Bm4L (@wilIlnufc)
Twitter: @NUFC @LiamJKennedy23 ASM, you’re our only hope! https://t.co/NQ3ysAa5mi (@nellytoontoon)
Twitter: Great to have him back but hope we don’t rush him like we have in the past. We rely on him far too much to risk ano… https://t.co/UqcNzc5I2L (@NUFCBrace)
Twitter: @NUFCBrace REALLY HE IS BACK (@GeordieCorpse)
Twitter: @fun88eng @NUFC He’s back ! @asaintmaximin https://t.co/yzCayfde6T (@NeilJonNUFC)