Allan Saint-Maximin pips Newcastle United team-mate top North East award

Allan Saint-Maximin has been named as the North East’s footballer of the year.

Thursday, 13th January 2022, 5:50 pm

The Newcastle United winger narrowly pipped team-mate Callum Wilson to the North East Football Writers’ Association’s player of the year award for 2021. Middlesbrough’s Paddy McNair came third.

Saint-Maximin sparked a late-season upturn in form for his club with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Burnley in Turf Moor in April. Saint-Maximin linked up well with loan signing Joe Willock as the club pulled away from relegation trouble in the final two months of the season.

And the popular 24-year-old, signed from Nice in the summer of 2019, is Newcastle’s second-top scorer behind Wilson this season with four goals.

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The North East Football Writers’ Association’s annual awards dinner will be held on Sunday, March 6 at the Ramside Hall Hotel. Tickets are on sale now for the event, which was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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