Newcastle United are hoping to welcome Allan Saint-Maximin back against Arsenal, although his future at the club remains uncertain.
It has been claimed that the Magpies will listen to offers for him, while there was also a suggestion that he is unsettled on Tyneside after Anthony Gordon’s arrival.
There is lots of speculation surrounding the talented Frenchman, which has been a constant theme throughout his Toon career. However, it has been even more intense since Eddie Howe replaced Steve Bruce.
But a new report from the Telegraph suggests that he is not on his way out of St James’ Park.
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Allan Saint-Maximin is not for sale
According to the Telegraph, Saint-Maximin is currently in the ‘not for sale category’, despite claims from elsewhere that the club will listen to offers for him.
The report adds that there actually haven’t been any offers for the 26-year-old, who was linked with Tottenham and Nottingham Forest at the start of the year.
Given his natural ability, it is no surprise that Newcastle would want to keep the £16.5million signing. But the club’s stance shows that they believe ASM can be a success in Howe’s team.
ASM buying into Newcastle demands
The Telegraph state that they have spoken to a member of Newcastle’s coaching team, who told them that the penny has now dropped for Maxi. They believe that he has bought into Howe’s ethos and knows what the team need from him.
It was clear that the penny had dropped before his recent injury setback. Saint-Maximin was playing brilliantly, excelling against Manchester United and providing a wonderful assist in the win over West Ham.
He needs to be more decisive and consistent in the final third, whilst also contributing defensively. If he can pull all of those elements together then there is no reason to sell him, because on his day he is absolutely out of this world.
The fans absolutely love him, and have done ever since his arrival on Tyneside. Rumours about his future will likely continue, but it does not sound like the club are planning to get rid ahead of next season.