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Allan Saint-Maximin just produced some of the silkiest skills you'll ever see to provide an assist for Newcastle United - at the expense of Declan Rice.
Saint-Maximin is one of the Premier League's most exciting players and has kicked off his campaign in style within five minutes.
He collected the ball out on the right hand side and West Ham captain Rice though he'd halted his momentum.
But Saint-Maximin wasn't giving up that easily. He twisted and turned Rice on three separate occasions before whipping a cross in for Callum Wilson.
That assist from #NUFC's Allan Saint-Maximin :scream::fire:- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 15, 2021
He holds the ball up well, using his skill and a series of stepovers to get the better of Declan Rice, and whips in a ball for Callum Wilson - who nods home!
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It was a delightful lob and Wilson headed home past Lukasz Fabianski to give Steve Bruce's side the lead.
Wilson is the one on the scoreboard, but it was Saint-Maximin who did most of the hard work.
Fans have reacted to the 24-year-old's electric display so far and they're hoping it's a sign of things to come.
Allan Saint-Maximin just ended Declan Rice.- FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) August 15, 2021
Saint Maximin, more like Uncle Ben the way he cooked rice!- Zak :flag_ps: ' FPL: fa0qaz (@afczak_v2) August 15, 2021
Saint-Maximin just made Declan Rice film a new tiktok dance live but i'm supposed to believe he's worth 100 million- Marco (@ftblShush) August 15, 2021
Saint-Maximin back to absolutely FRYING mfs and you LOVE to see it- Aaron West (@oeste) August 15, 2021
saint-maximin is having far too much fun for mike ashley's newcastle- Grace Robertson :flag_white:️⚧️ (@GraceOnFootball) August 15, 2021
Saint-Maximin just cooked and destroyed someone's starboy, I ain't mentioning names :sob:- Mod (@CFCMod_) August 15, 2021
Allan Saint-Maximin is easily one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, won't say it again.- James. (@afcjxmes) August 15, 2021
Newcastle's lead wouldn't last however as West Ham equalised in the 18th minute through Aaron Cresswell.
Five minutes before half-time, the Magpies restored their lead through a Jacob Murphy header.
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