Journalist Josh Holland has claimed that Allan Saint-Maximin was trying to impress Wolves when he faced them this season for Newcastle.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly interested in signing Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle Untied after the Magpies are supposedly open to selling him in the summer. However, there is interest from other Premier League sides such as Everton.
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Saint-Maximin signed for Newcastle in 2019 from OGC Nice and he has been a mainstay in the Magpies side since, he has featured 32 times in the Premier League this season, whilst scoring five goals and assisting four times.
With the links of a move away from St James’s Park for Saint-Maximin, Josh Holland claimed to GiveMeSport that the game when the Magpies faced Wolves, almost seemed like a trial match for the French winger.
“Yeah, of course. I think they’ve got to. Looking at their squad, you’ve got [Pedro] Neto, [Daniel] Podence, [Francisco] Trincao and Hwang [Hee-chan]. But would you say that all four of them have had a telling effect in this season? I wouldn’t say so.
“Saint-Maximin, I think we all know, is such a good player to watch. He gave Wolves so many problems [last month]. It was more like a trial game for him; it had the feeling that he was trying to impress Wolves,” Holland said.
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Allan Saint-Maximin is currently valued at £28.8 million by Transfermarkt, and he has been impressive in terms of stats for the Magpies this season. In the Premier League, he has the most goal contributions (9), the most shots on average per game (1.9) and he has created the most big chances (5), as per Sofascore.
It would be a major loss for Eddie Howe if he was to lose such an important player, especially as the Magpies are set for a busy transfer window because Saint-Maximin could have been one of the players that he could have built the team around.
Wolves have struggled in an attacking sense this season, only three sides have scored less than them in the Premier League, so Saint-Maximin would a great addition to their attacking force.