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Newcastle United: Journalist slams reports of Saint-Maximin to Tottenham Hotspur

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90 min journalist Graeme Bailey has rubbished the rumours around Newcastle United star man Allan Saint-Maximin’s departure to Tottenham Hotspur as ‘outlandish’ but believes there is no future for him at the club. 

While the Magpies have mostly been in the news in regards to bringing players in like Maxwel Cornet, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Nicolas Pepe, rumours have risen around the possible departure of Saint-Maximin to Premier League giants Spurs.

However, Bailey recently spoke on the LOADED MAG NUFC transfer show and claimed the links are not concrete but do feel that while he is part of the current setup, his future in the Toon could be short.

Bailey said, “I’m not Saint-Maximin’s biggest fan. I think he flatters to deceive massively. These links with Tottenham, they’re a little bit outlandish… I think he’s part of the current team, I think long-term he hasn’t got a future. I don’t see him involved long-term anyway”.  (11:27)

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An easy one to start with, where did Newcastle sign Bruno Guimaraes from?

TIF Thoughts on Bailey’s comments…

There is no doubt that Saint-Maximin has been one of Newcastle’s most important players over the last few seasons, especially under Steve Bruce. But with their ambitions of challenging the top six and competing for a European spot, they could do better than the Frenchman.

Saint-Maximin picked up just five goals and five assists in 35 Premier League games last season which is in fact his best return since joining the club back in August 2019, hardly setting the world alight.

While the 25-year-old did rank in the 99th percentile for dribbles completed and the 84th for progressive carries, he also only ranked in the 33rd percentile for non-penalty goals, the 44th for assists and 10th for progressive passes compared to other attacking midfielders and wingers across Europe’s top five leagues.

Saint-Maximin has been a good servant for the club during their hard time sunder former owner Mike Ashley, but with the new look Newcastle under PIF, they can do much better for a key player.

Where will Saint-Maximin play next season?

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