Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old has joined the Magpies on a six-year deal and will wear the number 10 shirt in black and white.
Steve Bruce said of his new signing: “I’m delighted to bring Allan to St. James’ Park. He is a very talented young player with a big future ahead of him.
“He has all the attributes you would want in an attacking player, including lightning pace, so I’m sure he’ll excite everybody. He is a great addition to Newcastle United and the Premier League.”
With Joelinton and Saint-Maximin having moved to St. James’ Park, following Miguel Almiron who joined in January, Newcastle could have a very direct and exciting attacking style this season.
Saint-Maximin started 34 Ligue 1 games for Nice last season, scoring six goals and assisting thrice, as per WhoScored.
One exciting element of his game is the creativity he can show, as highlighted by his 1.7 key passes and 4.2 dribbles.
Joelinton started 25 Bundesliga matches last season and came on as a substitute three times, scoring seven goals and assisting five times.
He used his 186cm tall frame to win 2.3 aerial duels per game, which will help him bring teammates into play, but he can also create opportunities himself, having made 1.5 key passes and 1.7 dribbles last season.
Almiron started nine Premier League games last season, coming off the bench once and while he didn’t make any goal contributions, he did show creative potential, making 1.3 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game.
The numbers from Joelinton and Saint-Maximin may fall slightly as they adjust to the Premier League, but Almiron’s should rise following his settling in period.
The trio could make a very exciting attack for Newcastle next season, as they have all shown they can create chances with direct play.
Saint-Maximin is a dangerous player, who the Magpies have done well to get, especially seeing as he is 22-years-old and on a six-year deal.
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