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Allan Saint-Maximin “I don’t give a fu.. if we win and I don’t score” Too quick for defenders and live radio

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Allan Saint-Maximin has been on top form once again.

Thursday night seeing him too fast for live radio, just like he is on the pitch with defenders.

An early evening phone-in on BBC Radio Newcastle and asked the question: ‘Do you get worried about not scoring goals?’

The presenter getting more than he bargained for: ‘I don’t care. I care if I don’t score and we lose. If the team wins and I don’t score, I’m happy because the most important…is to win. I don’t give a fu.. if we win and I don’t score. I don’t play for myself, if I don’t score and the team wins, I’m happy.’

The fans loving him just that little bit more, although the presenter was quick to apologise to anybody offended and told ASM off!

The French winger’s honesty and passion coming through during the interview/phone-in.

The crunch time under Mike Ashley is when players have shown their quality and are ambitious, Allan Saint-Maximin asked: ‘What are your ambitions with Newcastle?’, ASM replying: ‘If Newcastle can be a great club, I can stay, no problem. I want to do everything for Newcastle. Steve (Bruce) said to me that the club will do great things and the team will do much better and buy players every year. If they stay like this I don’t have to move. It’s really good when you are somewhere and you know you can be bigger.’

That of course is the big test and 13 seasons in now, Mike Ashley as consistently refused to try and build on any momentum at the club, whether it was after the two promotion or the surprise fifth place finish in 2011/12.

Has he/anything changed?

Allan Saint-Maximin appearing on BBC Radio Newcastle:

“Before I came I talked with Patrick Vieira (his manager at Nice) and he said to me the first or second game he played against Newcastle, he said to me the fans were crazy, they cheer a lot. I now know why he said that to me.”

‘What are your ambitions with Newcastle?’

“If Newcastle can be a great club, I can stay, no problem.

“I want to do everything for Newcastle.

“Steve (Bruce) said to me that the club will do great things and the team will do much better and buy players every year.

“If they stay like this I don’t have to move. It’s really good when you are somewhere and you know you can be bigger.”

‘You had a bit of a bad boy image (in France)?’

“I don’t know where this comes from because I never do things like a bad boy but in France…the people judge you more than in England.

“When I walk in Newcastle, the people smile and don’t look at you like…what’s he doing, where’s he from?”

‘How has life been like in Newcastle so far?’

“I like the city, it’s a small city but you have everything here.

“I prefer to be in Newcastle with a lot of fans in the stadium, because my job is to play football, than live in Nice, good weather but not a lot of people in the stadium.”

‘No matter what happens on the pitch, you seem to enjoy yourself with a smile on your face and you seem to be one of these players who loves playing football.’

“Of course I love to play football.

“It’s not only my job, it’s my passion.”

‘The one thing that you must be desperate to do and you’ve come so close, is score a goal.’

“I have had a lot of opportunities and I’m really happy, when you are a striker like me and you finish a game and you have no opportunities to score, you can be really angry, but when you have opportunities and don’t score, you just have to keep going.”

‘Do you get worried about not scoring goals?’

“I don’t care.

“I care if I don’t score and we lose.

“If the team wins and I don’t score, I’m happy because the most important…is to win.

“I don’t give a fu.. if we win and I don’t score.

“I don’t play for myself, if I don’t score and the team wins, I’m happy.”

‘Some people might be surprised that your English is good.’

“When I was young I said to my mother that I wanted to play in the Premier League.

“Thierry Henry, Arsenal, Robert Pires, every player, I enjoyed it a lot when I looked at the Premier League.

“My mother said, if you want to play there you have to speak English because if you don’t speak English it will be more difficult for you.

“If you can not speak with your partner or you cannot speak with the trainer, it’s really difficult for them to understand you and this is important to play better.

“I’m really happy because my mother said that I have to learn English when I’m young.”

‘Prefer to play on the right-wing rather than the left-wing?’

“I prefer the left but my best position is number 10 because I am more free and I can go everywhere.

“Sometimes when I play I have this problem a lot of times in France, it is difficult to move when the defender stays and the winger comes back and the midfielder comes…but when you play number 10 you can go everywhere – if I want to go to the middle of the field, the defender can not come with me.”

‘Are you still learning how to play with Joelinton and Miguel Almiron?’

“We are still learning because not too many times play (together). I think it will be the same Almiron, he runs a lot and works hard but hasn’t scored many goals.

“I know it’s really important to score but the job and what he does on the pitch is amazing, it’s not just to score.”

‘A final message for the fans?’

“I just want to say thank you. They let me feel good.

“They don’t know me but they watch a lot of games and videos and I can only say thank you.

“I want to work hard, do everything to score and want to say thank you.”

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