Newcastle United forward Allan Saint-Maximin has suggested that playing for a top six Premier League team instead of the Magpies would make it easier for him to make the France squad.
Saint-Maximin has established himself as one of the Magpies’ most influential performers since he made the move to St James’ Park from Nice in 2019. The winger has already provide one goal and one assist in his opening three Premier League appearances this term, along with averaging 2.3 successful dribbles per match (via Sofascore).
Saint-Maximin looking for international recognition
The winger had previously been linked with a move to Manchester United before he made the switch to St James’ Park, as per Daily Express. Saint-Maximin demonstrated his potential in the Premier League last season for Newcastle by scoring three goals and providing four assists, as well as creating eight big chances in a team that often didn’t see much of the ball (via Sofascore).
The 23-year-old has earned caps for France from under-16 level through to the under-21s, but he has yet to earn a senior cap for his national team (as per TransferMarkt). The Magpies winger is competing with a host of talented players who play for clubs competing in the Champions League.
Speaking to Sport.fr, Saint-Maximin outlined that he has thought about whether playing for a top six club like Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool would potentially make it easier for him to make the France squad. However, he did suggest that a top-half finish with the Magpies would also earn recognition.
He said: “Disadvantage, I wouldn’t say that, but for sure if you play in Manchester, Liverpool, Chelsea… it’s easier to have access to the French team.
“After that we are in the biggest championship in the world, so if we manage to end up in the top 10, there will also be an advantage thanks to the reputation of the Premier League.
“It’s up to me to perform, but in all honesty, it’s in the back of my mind right now, but I don’t think about it.”
Magpies must match Saint-Maximin’s ambition to keep hold of him
If Saint-Maximin continues his impressive form from the start of the campaign, then it could be a challenge for Newcastle to keep hold of him at the end of the season. The winger was among the best dribblers in the Premier League last term, averaging 4.7 successful dribbles per game (via Sofascore), and that kind of ability should see him attract admirers from clubs higher up the table.
Newcastle had been the subject of takeover talk throughout the summer, but nothing has come of that as of yet. That leaves Bruce aiming for a top-half finish at best realistically, so the Magpies will need to at least show they can finish that high in order to boost their chances of keeping the 23-year-old.
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