Newcastle United 'look a totally different side' when Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are fit and in the XI - according to club legend Alan Shearer.

Shearer was left surprised by Newcastle's performance against Leicester, a game in which they ran out 4-2 winners, and pinpointed the importance of Wilson and Saint-Maximin.

The win, the club's third in the last six games, now means they all but safe from relegation with Fulham needing to win all their remaining games to catch them - and that run of form, of which they've only lost once, has coincided with the return to fitness of Saint-Maximin and Wilson.

"They're their two main players and Steve [Bruce] had said it all season- they've had problems with COVID and with injuries - like most teams but Newcastle really haven't got any back-up to those two, anyone who can stick the ball in the back of the net like Callum Wilson does.

"Or anyone who can go past players like Allan Saint-Maximin does and drags Newcastle 15 or 20 yards further up the pitch so they can do damage in that final third. "

Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin trained with Newcastle ahead of their game with Tottenham
Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin trained with Newcastle ahead of their game with Tottenham

"They're just a completely different team when those two are in it - that's when they've struggled [when they are out] because they just haven't got anyone that can do what they can do."

Wilson hit two goals in the victory over Leicester - Joe Willock and Paul Dummett getting the other two - as Newcastle played the Champions League-chasing side off the park.

Shearer, like the majority of Tyneside, was caught off guard by the result, punching the air twice as the commentary was played to him before his appearance on BBC 5 Live's morning show on Saturday.


"It was a pleasant surprise, I didn't expect the number of goals, I didn't expect that performance - so it was a really good night for Newcastle.

"It just goes to show - that is what Steve Bruce has said for a long time that once they get their forward players back, to judge them then. They've had a really good four or five weeks, put in some good performances, got some good results and when you think where they were three or four months ago to where they are now - sat in 13th, they've got a really good chance to end the season well.

"I know they've got a tough one next week with Man City but then they've got Sheffield United and Fulham - so it just goes to show it's a long old season."