Following reports recently of Tottenham’s interest in the former Nice forward, Chelsea appears to have also made an enquiry this summer. The Express report today that Allan Saint-Maximin has been subject to tentative interest by Chelsea despite recently adding Raheem Sterling to their front line. Thomas Tuchel is known to have both the backing and desire to change his front line with ASM mooted as a potential option.
During his three years on Tyneside, Saint-Maximin has played 86 times, contributing 11 goals and 14 assists. Despite his injury record, I was personally shocked to see he’d average less than 30 games a season for Newcastle United. Albeit not a bad return for games played. These figures, combined with his erratic output, have caused a divide in opinion amongst fans. Some would be happy to cash in on the Frenchman, whereas others see him as key to our success going forward.
However, his flamboyant, carefree attitude appears to have caused some minor discontent this summer amongst the squad. During one of the videos released by NUFCTV, a black Ferrari can be seen parked in a yellow-chevroned area directly outside the training ground front door. The car belongs enigmatic ‘baller’ himself, of course. Although harmless in context, it can be seen as a little selfish and has apparently been interpreted this way by the club. It also doesn’t set a good example for new or young players alike. Eddie Howe was quoted as saying “That is something we will be addressing with him” following questions about his behaviour. He was also seen having a fiery discussion with fellow forward Jacob Murphy during the Austrian training camp. This is normal but a little strange for pre-season, like a ‘proper’ tackle would be. Howe has since stood by ASM, insisting he ‘looks happy’ and has ‘trained well’. The Newcastle gaffer went on to say "We've worked really hard with Maxi during pre-season. He's in a really good place, I think". Let’s hope that Maxi stays focused and driven for the season ahead. This being the first full season under the Saudi-backed ownership, there cannot be any reason for being disillusioned or dejected. It is time for everyone, including ASM, to step up. @willrichardson7