'Always': Saint-Maximin says he wins every training match when £12m Newcastle player is in his team
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'Always': Saint-Maximin says he wins every training match when £12m Newcastle player is in his team

Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin has said he always wants midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to be on his team in training.

That’s what the Frenchman told the Premier League in an interview on YouTube, when asked about which player he would want to be on his side during practice at Darsley Park.

“I always want in my team Jonjo Shelvey,” he said.

“He’s one of the best players I’ve seen – very technical.

“When I am with him, I always win. So, I like to be with him in training.”

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Saint-Maximin says he always wins with Shelvey

To many fans’ surprise, out of the Toon’s star-studded squad, Shelvey has received strong praise for his contributions to the Magpies this year.

Former Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino, now at Real Sociedad, said last term that he was ‘amazed by his ability to play long passes’ whilst he was on Tyneside, and that he’s a really ‘smart’ player.

BBC Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy also lavished praised on how much progress the 30-year-old has made since Eddie Howe arrived at St James’ Park, despite the arrival of Bruno Guimaraes in the midfield.

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Having been hailed by the Toon manager for his leadership, it has been a shame the former England international has been struggling from a hamstring injury for the majority of the season.

However, with the £12 million midfielder now back to full fitness, we have started to see fleeting cameos off the bench.

Whether he regains his place in Howe’s XI awaits to be seen, as the Magpies are currently flying with the team as it is right now.

Despite this, his return to fitness will come as a major boost to Newcastle, as his technical ability on the ball and his exquisite passing range will allow for a change of tempo if the midfield needs it.