The return of Allan Saint-Maximin is the 'shot in the arm' Newcastle United need for their Premier League survival fight.

That is the verdict of former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills who believes his return to the Magpies side will be a 'huge boost' to the out of form Magpies.

Saint-Maximin had been missing for Newcastle's last 11 matches prior to returning to action during Saturday's defeat at Aston Villa, after suffering from the long term effects of coronavirus.

In that time, Steve Bruce's side have rapidly dropped in form and are currently on a 10-match run without a win.

But Mills believes the return of Saint-Maximin could prove to be the spark needed to revitalise the Magpies's season.

“He’s one of those players that has got pace and he’s got ability to go with that pace," Mills told Football Insider.

Danny Mills

"He’s got fabulous feet, he’s got great trickery and he’s got an end product as well which is absolutely vital.

“He’s also got that sprinkling of stardust about him which, sometimes, when you’re playing in a team that is defensively minded and not the most creative, when that player comes back in, that has that little bit of something special, it’s a huge boost to everybody else.

“You start to think ‘OK, if we keep this tight and he gets the ball he might do something special, he can create something or go and score himself.’

“It’s a shot in the arm and that’s what they need.”