Transfer insider Dean Jones thinks that Leeds United could chase after Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin this summer.
The Frenchman, valued at £25.2m on Transfermarkt, has been one of the few bright sparks for Newcastle United this season as the only player to average more than 7/10 with his WhoScored rating, while his impact in the past few weeks of the season has helped them steer clear of relegation trouble. That could make him a valuable asset to anyone in the Premier League.
Leeds United have reportedly shown an interest in Wolves’ Adama Traore in recent months, but speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk, Jones feels that if Leeds United are unsuccessful in their attempts to get the Spaniard, then Saint-Maximin might be a suitable alternative:
“So there will definitely be teams that look to sign him. I mean, you’re talking about somebody like Leeds. I mean, they’re looking at Adama Traore. Alright, if they can’t get him then yeah, I don’t see why they wouldn’t be looking down this path.”
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Whilst Saint-Maximin’s numbers haven’t been that great this year, with just three goals and five assists, part of that can come down to the team he was in.
As FBRef points out, Newcastle United created 15.83 chance-creating actions per 90 minutes this season, whereas Leeds United, in their more adventurous style of play, created 21.24, so if you put him in a side that creates more chances, the likelihood is that those goals and assists numbers will go up as well.
So if Leeds aren’t successful in signing Traore, then Saint-Maximin is certainly a route they should consider taking. Although trying to get Steve Bruce to change his mind on not wanting to sell him might prove to be a bit of a stumbling block in those plans.