Adrian Clarke is looking at key tactical talking points ahead of Matchweek 10.
Only bottom club Watford, also with five, have registered so few goals since the start of the campaign.
Matthew Longstaff’s winner at home to United arrived on the back of a swift breakaway initially led by the Frenchman’s mazy run down the middle of the pitch.
He may have made only three starts, one of which was cut short by injury after just 17 minutes at Tottenham Hotspur, but his influence is clear.
Saint-Maximin is well suited to Bruce’s counter-attacking style, helping the Magpies spring from defence to attack in a faster, more efficient way.
He is a player who gets you on the edge of your seat, and if he starts consistently delivering an end product, he is sure to cement his place as a huge fans' favourite.
The 22-year-old's ability to break the lines with quick feet and a sharp turn of pace is already giving Newcastle a fresh dimension.
He has emerged as their most exciting creative talent by some distance.
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It is hard to make concrete judgements after just 225 minutes of Premier League action, but the stats don't lie.
Saint-Maximin, who scored six goals for Nice in Ligue One last season, has laid on 2.4 chances per 90 minutes in open play so far this term.
Not only is he ranked ranked seventh in the entire league in that regard, he is also the Premier League’s most prolific dribbler.
That willingness to go past defenders is a vital quality for a team struggling to create chances.
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Right now Saint-Maximin has the surprise factor, catching teams off guard with his lightning-fast breaks.
Don't be surprised if Newcastle's opponents start to set themselves up differently to combat the winger's threat.
But on home soil against Wolves this Sunday, Saint-Maximin has the look of a man who can ignite the match.
He is unpredictable and still raw, but in Newcastle’s quest to score more goals he is quickly emerging as a key figure.