Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson believes keeping it simple is the key for Allan Saint-Maximin if he wants to go to the next World Cup.
The star has sat down for an interview with Alan Shearer to talk about a range of topics.
He has spoken about things such as how he came to acquire the number nine shirt from Joelinton, and the chances of him playing for England again.
Talk inevitably turned to Saint-Maximin, and it’s clear Wilson loves to share the field with the 24-year-old.
Everyone knows he is a game-changer, and Wilson has stated Saint-Maximin has told him he wants to go to the World Cup with France.
That could well put fire in his belly for the upcoming season. Fans will certainly hope that is the case.
But Wilson does believe there is room for improvement with his Toon teammate.
He said: “In training, I say to him, ‘Listen, you would be so much better if you do your skills and then do the simple thing and sometimes you don’t even need to do skills because you’re so quick and powerful. Just go and pass it simple’.
“He’ll take on a player, take him on again and take him on again and I’ll be like, ‘Look, you can do that, but can you do the other side? Because that’s what’s going to take you from Newcastle to the France World Cup squad’.”
Wilson is right
As amazing as Saint-Maximin can be, Wilson’s advice to him is right.
There are occasions when he can sometimes overplay a bit.
If he can just rein in the chaos and unpredictability a little, he could reach the next level.
Him doing that in 2021/22 will not only be good for Newcastle, but good for his own prospects of playing for France at the World Cup.