Newcastle’s star winger Allan Saint-Maximin returned against Burnley last Saturday after recovering from the twisted ankle he suffered two weeks prior against Brighton. The change in the Newcastle performance was astronomical.
After not being able to create much of a threat at all in the previous two league matches, Newcastle put in a dominating performance against Burnley which was highlighted by Saint-Maximin’s opening goal and superb assist to Callum Wilson for the second.
The importance the Frenchman has to this Newcastle team was once again revealed for all to see. He is Newcastle’s game-changer and transforms the team when he’s in the side.
While the 23-year-old seems like he’s willing to wait around to see what direction Newcastle are headed, there is a time limit on that willingness. Here is what Saint-Maximin said when asked if he planned to stay at St James Park for the long-term:
“For my part, everything will depend on this development. If the club is developing well and it is in line with my desires, staying is a possibility. Afterwards, if things don’t turn out like that, obviously the question of leaving will arise.
“Now we are in a huge league with a lot of big teams, so being able to play in Europe and the Europa League would be really great. The Champions League is a big dream, every footballer wants to play it.
“It’s a great, historic club that has a lot of dreams and there is everything around it to achieve this goal.”
Newcastle do have Allan on the books until 2025 as he signed a six-year deal when he joined from Nice last summer. So it’ll take quite a large fee to pry him away at this point.
As has often been the case in the Ashley era, once a player feels the club doesn’t match his level of ambition, it’s very hard to prevent their departure. Hopefully, Ashley gets his wish and finds a suitable buyer for the club before Allan gets to that point.