Over the weekend, reports emerged that Allan Saint-Maximin could be a target for Wolves.
According to the Daily Mail, they may look to sign the Newcastle winger if Adama Traore leaves Molineux.
Obviously, it’s just paper talk for now. And even then, it’s dependent on another player leaving Wolves.
But reports of another Premier League club eyeing Saint-Maximin should serve as a warning to Newcastle.
The £16.5million summer signing has been a joy since he arrived. He’s fun to watch and he can make things happen. In a side that is pretty woeful at attacking, Saint-Maximin is the one beacon of hope.
He’s the kind of player you can’t take your eyes off.
And his impressive performances will also catch the eyes of other teams.
Saint-Maximin has incredible natural ability. The way he goes past players is out of this world.
But could he do a job further up the division? Most definitely.
And as long as Newcastle struggle and scrap against relegation, players of Saint-Maximin’s calibre will eventually leave.
From a cynical point of view, that’s why Newcastle sign these kind of players. Bring them in, watch them flourish, then eventually sell them on for a profit and repeat the trick.
But that’s only sustainable if there are other gems in the squad. Newcastle can be a one man team at times with Saint-Maximin. When he’s not there, what hope do we have?
And if you’re Saint-Maximin, why would you want to stick around at a side that spends most games defending rather than joining a team with a bit more ambition and better players?
The better Saint-Maximin plays between now and the end of the season, the more clubs will want him. And the longer Newcastle continue to plod on and do the bare minimum, the more likely the 22-year-old is to leave.