Allan Saint-Maximin views number 10 as his position within the Newcastle United team.
The Athletic correspondent Chris Waugh shared a snippet of the club’s official matchday programme for their clash with Arsenal.
Saint-Maximin said he was now ‘playing in my position’ and hopes to keep doing so ‘to help my team as much as possible’, with the Frenchman having adopted the role for Newcastle’s last four matches.
How has Newcastle star Saint-Maximin fared in the different positions?
Steve Bruce has predominantly used him on the left wing this season – indeed, that’s been the 24-year-old’s most common position over the course of his career.
He has played a total of 73 matches there, scoring eight goals and setting up another 12. Meanwhile, he has netted four times and provided eight assists over the course of 26 outings when playing as a number 10.
How did Saint-Maximin play against Arsenal?
Having enjoyed a potentially season-saving run of eight points from a possible 12, Newcastle were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal on Sunday, but even in defeat, Saint-Maximin shone.
He picked up the highest SofaScore rating in Bruce’s team (7.5), having completed eight of his 10 dribbles and won 12 of his 15 ground duels.
Transfer Tavern verdict
Saint-Maximin has been in fine form recently, with a goal and two assists in his last four games, and deploying him behind Callum Wilson appears to be the ideal formula for Newcastle moving forward.
One other factor in this is the importance keeping him happy. Saint-Maximin won’t be short of suitors, and Newcastle don’t want to frustrate him by denying him his preferred role. Indeed, there has even been an admission from within the club that the playmaker is indulged to a degree so that he can duly deliver his best form.
Based on recent performances, it seems natural to keep the 24-year-old in his preferred number 10 role.
In other news, Danny Mills has made a big claim on Joe Willock’s future.
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