Saint-Maximin ended recent speculation over his potential future by penning a new six-year deal to bring him in line with the club’s highest earners. The 23-year-old had recently suggested a move away to a club with European ambitions could help his international career.
Wilson arrival showing Steve Bruce can attract key players
The Magpies had an issue upfront last season, with the previous summer’s marquee signing Joelinton managing just two league goals. Steve Bruce duly decided to make a move for Wilson, bringing him from Bournemouth for £20m, which was a move that the Newcastle manager described as a ‘fabulous deal’ given the fees being spent in the market.
The 28-year-old has hit the ground running, registering four goals in his first four Premier League games. However, it is not just his goal tally that has been impressive, with Wilson also averaging 2.3 shots, one key pass and 0.8 interceptions per game (via Sofascore).
Speaking to NUFC TV, via Chronicle Live, Saint-Maximin outlined how Newcastle need to continue to show they can invest in quality additions. He also suggested that bringing in a player of Wilson’s quality is crucial in helping them achieve his ambitions to challenge in the top half.
He said: “I hope the club continues to buy better players so we can improve.
“To buy Callum Wilson was a very good signing. He has scored four goals in four games and this can make a big difference.
“The club has to keep going with this and me, I have to keep playing well, to give my best and if we do this I think Newcastle can be in the top 10 and maybe even more.
“This is important for the fans because everybody doesn’t like to just play to fight to not go down to the second league.”
Saint-Maximin new deal needs to kickstart Magpies’ ambitions
Getting a player of Saint-Maximin’s undoubted quality to commit his future to the club is huge for Newcastle. It needs to be a watershed moment where the Magpies start to show much more ambition, and the signs were there this summer with £15m also spent on Jamal Lewis on top of the Wilson deal.
The 23-year-old has been a bright spark around St James’ Park amid all the takeover uncertainty. His dynamism and flair on the ball, evidenced by him averaging 2.3 successful dribbles per game this term (via Sofascore), excites supporters and there seems to be a growing partnership between him and Wilson.
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