Saint-Maximin savages Newcastle signings after making surprise Liverpool winger declaration

Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin

Allan Saint-Maximin has thrown shade at the Newcastle forwards he plays with, and insisted he has zero reason to envy Liverpool ace Sadio Mane.

The lively Frenchman, 25, remains Newcastle’s most dangerous attacking threat most weeks. Saint-Maximin has dazzled the St. James’ Park crowds with his pace, trickery and mesmeric dribbling ability.

However, despite his mercurial talents, end product in the stats columns remains in desperately short supply.

Indeed, Saint-Maximin has just five goals and four assists to his name in 32 league matches this year.

While that may seem low, it is actually his highest goals return since joining the Magpies in 2019.

Saint-Maximin notched just three goals in each of his two previous seasons with Newcastle. Yet despite the lowly numbers, it’d be unwise to conclude Saint-Maximin isn’t a more than effective attacker.

The main centre-forward he has operated alongside at Newcastle is Callum Wilson. His injury this season has seen Chris Wood handed regular starts following his January arrival from Burnley. However, the New Zealander has just two goals in 15 outings thus far.

That has led to Saint-Maximin being deployed as a false nine on occasion. And speaking to French outlet SoFoot, the forward surprisingly took a swipe at his fellow attackers.

“I will make seasons with 10-15 assists”

In doing so, Saint-Maximin suggested he has “nothing to envy” about Sadio Mane. That was seemingly in reference to his belief he’d be putting up comparable numbers to the Senegalese if he were playing alongside better players.

“Those who have played with me know very well that in terms of pure quality, I have nothing to envy to Sadio Mané,” said Saint-Maximin.

“The day when I have a player capable of finishing the actions, I will make seasons with 10-15 assists, and I will change dimension in the people’s heads.”

Does Saint-Maximin have a point?

Saint-Maximin may have a point when taking a look at Liverpool’s front line.

Mohamed Salah had never operated at better than a goal every other game until joining Liverpool. Diogo Jota, meanwhile, was a one-in-three player at Wolves before upping that ratio to one-in-two at Anfield.

While it’s unquestionable they have both improved since joining the Reds, playing alongside the likes of Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara is a huge help.

Regardless, should Saint-Maximin remain on Tynseside, he will have the chance to back up his belief in the seasons to come.

Newcastle splashed out around £90m in January to great effect. However, that is expected to be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Saudi spending.

Newcastle’s quality all across the pitch will spike over the next few years and Saint-Maximin will have more potent attackers to prove his worth alongside.