Former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin would ‘drive him mad’, after criticising the Frenchman for his decision-making and neglecting his defensive duties.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson thinks that for all his quality, he should be producing more at both ends of the pitch.
He said: “He’d drive me mad if he was in my team, I’d be on his case constantly because he’s so quick, he’s got such electrifying pace and he’s got such talent as well.
“But he just needs a little more composure with his decision-making, his final ball, as he has so much talent but his decision-making in the final third lets him down.
“And I do think he forgets his defensive duties sometimes when he’s playing on the left side of that midfield. I think he has to be reminded of his role to track back.”
It is clear to see where Robinson’s frustrations come from, with the 22-year-old recording just a single assist in 10 Premier League appearances to date.
As Robinson admits himself, the Frenchman has still displayed his obvious talents since moving to Newcastle, with a man-of-the-match showing against West Ham United last month amongst the highlights of his time in England so far.
While it may be just a matter of time before he produces more often on the goalscoring front, there may be some truth in Robinson’s assertion that Saint-Maximin does not get stuck in with defensive responsibilities, with the winger ranking among the lowest in the squad for tackles and interceptions, according to WhoScored.
Although his advanced position may absolve him for a lack of defensive contributions, it would certainly be another feather to add to his cap if he gets to work on that side of the game, as Robinson urges him to.
Newcastle fans, should Saint-Maximin be doing more, or is it a matter of time before he delivers the goods? Let us know below!
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