In an interview with Sport.Fr, Allan Saint-Maximin has revealed he will think about leaving Newcastle if it becomes clear that the Magpies aren’t matching his ‘desires’ in the game.
The flamboyant winger said: ‘For my part, everything will depend on this development. If the club is developing well and it is in line with my desires, staying is a possibility. Afterwards, if things don’t turn out like that, obviously the question of leaving will arise.’
Saint-Maximin only arrived at St James’ Park last summer in a £16.5 million move from OGC Nice, before capturing the hearts of the supporters with his exciting displays. The Sun say he earns £36k-a-week at the club.
He scored four goals and registered seven assists last term, and has began the season in similarly eye-catching fashion.
It was Saint-Maximin’s goal and assist which helped us grab a 3-1 win over Burnley last time out, a game in which he showcased just how important he is to Steve Bruce with his ability to change games in a flash.
These comments will naturally come as a worry, although he is barely demanding the Earth from the club.
All the 23-year-old wants is to see Newcastle develop and progress rather than stagnate. If he didn’t want to see that happen, question marks would surely arise over his ambition.
It would be a great shame if Bruce and Mike Ashley didn’t match Saint-Maximin’s hopes for the club, and it would be an even greater shame to see the skilful winger depart Tyneside as a result of that potentiality.