Newcastle: Fresh Allan Saint-Maximin update emerges
Allan Saint-Maximin was never leaving Newcastle United in January but he could depart in the summer transfer window, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Saint-Maximin stays put
The Magpies are flying under Eddie Howe this season, sitting third in the Premier League, but someone who has experienced limited playing time is Saint-Maximin.
The Frenchman, who was perhaps the fans’ lone bright spark during Steve Bruce’s tenure, has only started four league games, also coming on as a substitute eight times, with others preferred to him in attack, from the rejuvenated Miguel Almiron to new arrival Alexander Isak.
Saint-Maximin ended up remaining at Newcastle despite January links to AC Milan but a key update has emerged regarding his long-term future at St James’ Park.
The Latest: Summer exit possible?
Speaking to Caught Offside, Romano said that the 25-year-old was always going to stay put last month but there is no guarantee that he won’t leave this summer:
“Newcastle were never really open to let Allan Saint-Maximin leave so it wasn’t close with AC Milan.
“I’m aware his agent has spoken about Milan’s interest, but it wasn’t advanced. In the summer we will see, I’d be lying to mention any guaranteed transfer news now for the summer because many things will change for every club in the next few months.”
The Verdict: Time could be up
Saint-Maximin is a hugely gifted footballer, being hailed as ‘unplayable’ by former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee, but it appears as though Howe doesn’t see him as a key man moving forward.
For all the mazy dribbles, tricks and flicks, he only has one goal in 12 league appearances and it could be argued that his game lacks substance, as well as tactical discipline.
For that reason, selling the £38,000-a-week Saint-Maximin in the summer could be the best option, receiving good money for him and using those funds on a more tailor-made signing for Howe.