Allan Saint-Maximin promises to annihilate defenders if Newcastle get him up the pitch ‘I will kill them’
Allan Saint-Maximin has been a bit of a rarity this season.
Probably the only Newcastle player this season to put any kind of a smile on the face of the supporters.
Even before he had kicked a ball he’d started winning over fans with interaction on social media.
In particular showing an understanding and support for the foodbanks, which he then followed up with action to help.
Talking to The Telegraph he has explained his upbringing and the grounding he has had, to not be the view of the stereotypical football player off the pitch.
On the football side of things, he puts a smile on your face with his ambition and enthusiasm.
Allan Saint-Maximin has been the only player to excite Newcastle fans this season, although he accepts there has to be an end product added.
Against Wolves he was easily Newcastle’s top player, his pace and dribbling only stopped by regular fouls and occasional yellow cards.
This week a report showed that he has made more completed dribbles per 90 minutes than any other player in Europe’s top five divisions.
Ahead of West Ham, ASM says that in training they have been working on getting him further up the pitch where he can do more damage.
The negative Steve Bruce tactics have left Newcastle defending so deep, that when both Almiron and ASM get the ball, they are usually closer to their own penalty area than the halfway line.
Allan Saint-Maximin speaking to The Telegraph – read the full interview here:
“I can get a lot better.
“I know my quality and I have a lot of things at Newcastle that will make me better.
“To play well, you need to enjoy your life. I have that here.
“This is just the start, we knew this season might be tough, but the club wants to grow and improve, but it has to be gradual. We need time.
“I am learning all the time.
“As a team, we are working on how to get me on the ball higher up the pitch, how to get me one on one with a defender because if that happens, I will kill them.
“They know this already.
“Watch now, there are two players against me, sometimes three, that makes me happy because I know there will be more space for my partners.
“You get me one against one, I will do a lot of damage.
“Defenders should be scared of me. I am fast and technical.
“Newcastle is a big football city. I wanted to play for a club like this, I wanted pressure, I wanted to be at a club where there are expectations.
“For me, every player should want to play for a club like this where everybody in the city is a football supporter… the least I can do is try to make them smile.”
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