Given Allan Saint-Maximin’s recent comments about wanting Newcastle United to match his own personal ambition of playing in Europe, it’s about time to admit we must enjoy the Frenchman as much as we possibly can before his inevitable departure.
Cynical perhaps but though the Premier League is in unprecedented times with no fans and a packed schedule, it’s almost impossible to see the Magpies finishing in the Europa League spots. Indeed, the likes of Aston Villa, Everton and Southampton look much-improved this season and, considering the fact neither Leicester or Wolves look like dropping out of the upper echelons of the division, the task at hand to keep him happy looks to be a daunting one.
That’s not to say the Toon Army can’t enjoy a good season but, with desires to raise his game and push for place in the French national team, it’d barely be surprising to see him leave.
Will Allan Saint-Maximin be a Newcastle player this time next year?
As they proved against Burnley, the 23-year-old’s partnership with Callum Wilson should naturally start adding more goals and assists to his frankly ridiculous repertoire of skills, vultures may soon start to circle. If the footballing world is starting to recover from the COVID-19 epidemic by next summer and, as a result, the riches available to some of the biggest clubs in Europe return, perhaps there will be more interest in him than in the transfer window just gone.