Steve Bruce is certain Everton target Allan Saint-Maximin has a “bright future” after his late strike secured a 1-0 win for Newcastle over 10-man Southampton at St Mary’s.
The Magpies had failed to score in their last four top-flight outings and the pressure was increased after Matt Ritchie missed a penalty in the first half.
But Saint-Maximin’s 79th-minute strike ended that goal drought as Newcastle moved eight points clear of the drop zone.
And Bruce is confident there is much more to come from the French forward, who was linked with Everton at the weekend.
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“I’m delighted for him, I’ve said since day one he’s always going to please everybody,” Bruce said.
“If you haven’t seen him play then you’re going to enjoy watching him because he is a natural footballer, which don’t come around too often like that.
“He’s got frightening pace and great balance and got that thing where he wants to beat you and we don’t see that too often anymore.
“It can be a bit frustrating at times and he has to learn, but if he learns he’s got a big, bright future ahead of him.”
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