Steve Bruce has admitted that Newcastle United are working to sign Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin, as reported by The Chronicle.
Speaking in a press conference, the Newcastle manager was quoted as saying: “I don’t think it’s on the verge of happening but it’s somebody we have looked at, it’s somebody we have identified and we will see what happens.”
With Joelinton having become the first new face at St. James’ Park this summer, these comments can be seen as an encouraging sign for Newcastle, as they look to make up for lost time in the transfer window.
Newcastle could have a very direct and exciting attack if Saint-Maximin joins, with Miguel Almiron having come in January and Joelinton also having arrived this summer.
In 34 Ligue 1 games, Saint-Maximin scored six goals and assisted three more, he also made 1.7 key passes and 4.2 dribbles per game (via WhoScored).
Joelinton started 26 games for Hoffenheim last season, coming on as a substitute four times, scoring 10 goals and assisting five, while he completed 1.5 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per game.
Miguel Almiron started nine times for Newcastle last season, coming on as a substitute once and while he didn’t make any goal contributions, the Paraguayan made 1.3 key passes and 0.7 successful dribbles per game.
While the numbers from the first two could fall as they settle in, Almiron’s should rise now he has had some time to adapt and having the trio in one side would see Newcastle possess multiple attacking threats, who can all drive at the opposition and create chances.
This would be a brilliant signing for Newcastle if they can get it completed and would be another signal of intent from the club.
Newcastle were not known for attacking football under Rafael Benitez, but if Saint-Maximin follows Joelinton to St. James’ Park, they could be playing some seriously exciting football next season.
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