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Newcastle: Journalist would be amazed if Allan Saint-Maximin doesn’t leave in the summer

Newcastle: Journalist would be amazed if Allan Saint-Maximin doesn't leave in the summer - Newcastle United News

Journalist John Gibson has admitted he’d be shocked if Newcastle United don’t sell Allan Saint-Maximin this summer.

The Lowdown: Future looks very unclear

After a blistering start to the season which saw Saint-Maximin register three goal involvements in the opening four games, his injuries have seen him restricted to very few minutes and just the one league start since August.

In that sole start last weekend against West Ham, he failed to grasp his chance and showed how rusty he was, with just one successful take-on and one progressive pass in the 68 minutes he was afforded (FBref).

Given that Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon can both play out wide, were Eddie Howe’s signings and cost a lot more money than Saint-Maximin, the Frenchman’s future is now looking bleak.

The Latest: Beginning of the end for Saint-Maximin

Amid emerging reports suggesting AC Milan were in talks with Saint-Maximin during January and could move again in the summer, Gibson claimed he would not be surprised if he left at the end of the season.

Speaking on the Everything is Black and White podcast he said: “Well, remember, I said to you that I think somebody’s been in his ear.

“Everything about Maxi, his body language, tells me that I will be staggered if he’s here come August.”

The Verdict: Saint-Maximin set for the exit door

Considering that a huge club such as AC Milan are said to be interested in the winger, it could be difficult to keep him focused on the here and now with Newcastle, especially when he’s not even a regular starter anymore.

Saint-Maximin has gone from being one of the first names on the teamsheet under Steve Bruce to now being used more often than not as an impact substitute to get after tiring defenders.

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However, PIF will only sell Saint-Maximin for the correct price, as he is likely seen as one of their more sellable assets, especially with him tied down until the summer of 2026. Therefore, any club wanting the winger will certainly have to pay a premium.

That said, we agree that the signs are the Frenchman may not be on Tyneside for much longer.

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