A pundit reckons Allan Saint-Maximin will reject clubs such as Arsenal to remain at Newcastle, despite rumours of a potential exit for the winger.
Saint-Maximin was one of Newcastle’s brightest lights during the ownership of Mike Ashley. And he now looks set to benefit from their takeover, which means Eddie Howe can bring in players who match his ability.
Stars such as Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman should help Newcastle reach their ambitions over the next few years. This is, of course, to get back into European football and eventually win trophies.
According to a June report from the Daily Mail, the Magpies are at risk of losing Saint-Maximin this summer.
While they have the finances to offer him a significant wage, club chiefs are keen to keep a wage structure in place to avoid over-spending.
Saint-Maximin knows he can take home more money elsewhere, and this is why the Daily Mail claim an exit could occur.
However, the Frenchman has great love for Newcastle and will also admire the fact they are matching his ambitions.
Pundit Frank McAvennie thinks that while clubs on Arsenal’s level would make Saint-Maximin consider his future, ultimately the attacker will opt to remain at St James’ Park.
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“I don’t think he’d leave,” McAvennie said (via Football Insider). “You’re looking at Arsenal then you look at Newcastle. Last year it wouldn’t have even been a choice, he would’ve run down to Arsenal.
“At Newcastle, the boys will be seeing something different. With Eddie Howe coming in, the attitude at the whole club will be different. I think he would want to be part of that.
“He’s the one player that I thought, when everything was going terribly for Newcastle, he’s the one player that was the shining light. That’s one player they would want to keep.
“I think for him, he knows there’s going to be all these great players coming in, maybe not for the next few years but they will come.
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“He’s young and he has the chance to be part of that. I don’t know if he’d want to go to Arsenal at the moment.”
McAvennie raises a good point. While Arsenal are in a better place than Newcastle right now, that might not necessarily be the case in five years.
Newcastle want to be battling the likes of Arsenal for European qualification by then. And if Saint-Maximin stays throughout the whole process, then he can make himself a Newcastle legend.
Meanwhile, Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth has reportedly made ‘enquiries’ into the possible signing of a Leicester star.