Pundit Carlton Palmer has claimed that Allan Saint-Maximin won’t be at Newcastle United next season, due to inconsistency in his performances.
Saint-Maximin has had a mixed season for the Newcastle this season, he has scored five goals and registered four assists in 33 Premier League games, but he has scored just once and managed to get one assist this calendar year for the Magpies.
There have been reports that fellow Premier League sides such as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton are interested in the French winger ahead of next season, with the Magpies reportedly willing to let him go if the price is right.
Saint-Maximin recently took part in an interview where he said he could do a better job if the finishing was up to scratch from his teammates, and Palmer said to GiveMeSport that there is some truth in this, but he can’t see the 25-year-old playing for them next term.
“He may well be telling the truth, but I can’t see him being at Newcastle next season and I can’t see him being in the side next season. Some people have an over-inflated opinion of their ability and where they are. He is a talent, but there’s no consistency,” Palmer said.
Would Newcastle be better without Saint-Maximin?
TIF Thoughts on Carlton Palmer’s comments…
Saint-Maximin may have had a difficult second half of the season, but he is still at the forefront of the attacking stats for his side, in the Premier League, he has the most goal contributions (9), he has created the most ‘big chances’ (6) and he has the most successful dribbles on average per game (4.4), as per SofaScore.
It would be a big loss for Eddie Howe if Saint-Maximin was to leave the club, because it is expected to be a busy summer on Tyneside, and the French winger may well have thrived from playing with a better standard of attackers.
However, if the price is right, then maybe it would be best for all parties if he was to depart the club, because of his poor stats in front of goal in the second half of the season.