Allan Saint-Maximin might be dazzling supporters with his mercurial style on the pitch, but his timekeeping off it clearly needs to improve.

His teammate Christian Atsu appeared on Newcastle United’s official YouTube account in a new series called ‘TEAMMATES’ where the player answers a series of questions about… well his teammates.

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The Ghanaian is the first player to do this, and one of the questions was “who picks up the most fines on the team?”.

“Allan,” Atsu said, clearly amused by Saint-Maximin’s lack of punctuality.


“He’s late in training and also in meetings sometimes he comes late. But he’s a great lad. It was his first time with us but now he’s getting better.”

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At least Atsu finds it funny, and at least the French winger is getting better. Saint-Maximin picking up the most fines is no surprise, he was always billed as a trouble maker before he even joined Newcastle.

For that reason, he might not even have arrived at St James’ Park if Rafa Benitez was still in charge.

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Fortunately for Saint-Maximin, his footballing is doing the talking. If things were going wrong on the pitch, he’d probably get hammered for his bad timekeeping and picking up fines. But every time he’s donned the black and white stripes he’s impressed. And surely he’s only going to get better and better.

The fans love him and so do his teammates, mainly because his contribution in fines will probably pay for the entire Christmas party.

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