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Newcastle United: Fans rage at Craig Hope’s tweet on Allan Saint-Maximin

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A lot of Newcastle United fans are not happy with a Twitter post from Craig Hope after he suggested that Allan Saint-Maximin would probably need a new contract to keep him happy at St. James’ Park.

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The Daily Mail reporter claims that the Frenchman is on around £36,000 per week plus bonuses, and there is thought to be frustration that others earn more than him, and he had hoped Newcastle would have offered him a new deal.

This has annoyed these Toon fans, who feel that Hope is just trying to cause problems, while others point out that the Toon are in the middle of a proposed takeover, so they are unlikely to be trying to sort out contracts.

Do you believe this report?

No, just trying to disrupt Saint-Maximin

No, just trying to disrupt Saint-Maximin

Yes, he probably feels he deserves more money

Yes, he probably feels he deserves more money

The 23-year-old was signed from Nice last summer for £16.5m, and has been superb for Newcastle in the Premier League, averaging a 7.34/10 rating for his performances, which makes him the highest-rated player in the Toon’s squad (as per WhoScored).

He has scored four goals and provided seven assists in all competitions (Transfermarkt), including a hat-trick of assists in his last match – the first Newcastle player to do that since Moussa Sissoko in 2015.

He has always appeared to be happy on Tyneside and talked about how much he loves Newcastle and Steve Bruce, so Hope’s tweet continued to anger these Newcastle fans, with some mentioning the reporter’s story in March about the Frenchman that Steve Bruce called out as fake.

Saint-Maximin’s last four displays in the Premier League have been fantastic, earning ratings of 8.16/10 or higher (via WhoScored).

He might want a new contract, though surely he would have the patience to wait until the whole takeover situation is resolved.

If the Premier League approves Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed takeover, the Frenchman could receive a huge contract with the wealth of the potential majority owners-in-waiting.

It will be intriguing to see what happens to Saint-Maximin this summer.

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