Lee Ryder has an article in the Chronicle with some comments made by our new signing Allan Saint-Maximin.
Before coming to Newcastle, Allan apparently sought out advice from a few of Newcastle’s former French contingent. They all seem to have had a positive effect on Allan’s decision to join.
One player, in particular, was former crowd favorite Hatem Ben Arfa. This is what Allan Saint-Maximin has said about Hatem’s advice on joining Newcastle.
“Hatem spoke to me. He said to me ‘it’s amazing – the supporters and atmosphere are amazing’.
“For his dribbling, I love Hatem so much.
“I love a lot of players, but, for me, it’s Ben Arfa.
“”He told me to come and said to me a lot of good things. He scored a lot of good goals.”
It sounds like Allan Saint-Maximin really admires our former star midfielder. Ben Arfa, now 32, spent five years at Newcastle and was certainly a fan favorite. Allan will follow in his footsteps as a French number 10 and we hope that he can surpass the exploits of his compatriot.
There were other players that also had an impact on Saint-Maximin’s decision. The report in the Chronicle mentions both Remy Cabella and Florian Thauvin as former players who our new signing sought out about their experiences at Newcastle.
According to Lee Ryder, both players had positive things to say about the club and its supporters. Remy and Florian both had tough spells at Newcastle and would return to France soon after joining Newcastle
Remy Cabella would leave on loan to Marseille after one disappointing season while Florian Thauvin came in the opposite direction. He too would have a short spell returning to Marseille on loan in January before the move became permanent the following summer.
They both still, however, had positive things to say about the club. This is how Allan responded when asked about those former players.
“I know them all – I know every player.
“I talked with a lot of players.
“They said to me it’s a great club, a great city and the supporters are great.
“Everything is great. This is why I came. I said ‘I know I want to be there’.”
Allan seems to really be happy with his move and seems like he is settling in nicely. He possesses the ability to get the crowd out of their seats and we hope to see some exciting times with him in the side this season.