This article forms part of our Profit Players feature, where we use the break in football to look back at money well spent across the two transfer windows to have taken place this season.
Last summer, Newcastle United felt they needed to splash a bit of cash as they moved to strengthen the squad following the departure of Rafael Benitez. Allan Saint-Maximin was just one of the players who walked through the door of St. James’ Park and his £16.5m fee has started to look like a bit of a bargain.
Many people doubted the Geordies, who spent over £65m in last summer’s window, with ESPN’s Alejandro Moreno tipping them for the drop back in October 2019. However, he was proven wrong almost immediately as Steve Bruce’s side went on a run of just two losses in their Premier League games across October and November, following the end of the international break (via WhoScored).
Allan Saint-Maximin has been one of the standout players this campaign with his quick and strong dribbling proving to be too much for opposition defences. Despite scoring only two goals and notching up just three assists, his contributions in the league have seen him win his side six points. Indeed, with the club in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, a trip to Wembley Stadium is just over the horizon if they can continue their fine recent home form against Manchester City (via 11v11).
Newcastle sit in 13th place in the league table and according to figures from last season, they could be set to earn a cool £15.3m in merit payments, just as they did when finishing in the same position under Benitez. In the FA Cup, should they be able to go all the way and lift the trophy it would be worth a £6.8m, taking the total to just over £22m, though it will obviously be difficult.
With the club having spent just £16.5m on the Frenchman, you can’t help but feel the fee paid for him is beginning to look like a steal.
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