Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin is reportedly a target for Tottenham Hotspur.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim Spurs are interested in signing the 25-year-old Frenchman. This comes after the same publication stated he wouldn’t leave St James’ Park, despite previously writing he was ‘expected‘ to be sold.
First they said he’s going to leave, then on Thursday they reported that there is no market for him, and now on Friday they reckon Spurs are keen. So which is it?
Newcastle’s number 10 is on a lengthy list of Tottenham targets, including Richarlison, Adama Traore and Ivan Perisic.
Out of those players, a move for Saint-Maximin feels the least likely. Richarlison’s versatility could suit Antonio Conte, Traore was a target in January and Perisic has worked with the Spurs manager before.
The report adds that any bid to sign ASM could ‘prove difficult’.
Saint-Maximin is better off at Newcastle amid Tottenham interest
The chance to play alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung Min must be tantalising for any footballer. They’re two of the best forwards on the planet today.
However, Saint-Maximin is better off at St James’ Park. He’s adored on Tyneside, and is part of the club at a very special moment in time. He has the potential to be a key component as the Toon project goes into overdrive.
In contrast, he wouldn’t even be a guaranteed starter at Tottenham. Their front three consists of Kane, Son and Dejan Kulusevksi, with the latter performing brilliantly since his January arrival.
Does Saint-Maximin get in that team ahead of any of them? Not for me.
He’s previously been valued at £50million, which is a lot of money for someone who wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter.
He also doesn’t feel like a good fit for Spurs. Saint-Maximin is at his best when he’s running at players with his speed and skill. But Tottenham’s wide men are all about getting in behind, with Kane dropping deep as a playmaker.
While he had a difficult end to the season, Saint-Maximin is still a talisman for Newcastle. He’s a player that fans love to get behind. He can be decisive in crucial moments, boasting the ability to win games on his own.
The prospect of playing for an elite manager in a Champions League team might be hard to turn down, but hopefully Saint-Maximin remains a Magpie.