Allan Saint-Maximin tells it straight “You can have £25 million in your account but you all die the same”
Allan Saint-Maximin is already a big favourite with Newcastle fans, on and off the pitch.
Just imagine if he starts scoring goals and creating them for others.
As has so often happened in the past at St James Park, an exciting winger can paper over a lot of cracks and/or turn an poor/average/good team into a far better one.
The French connection makes it obvious to compare Allan Saint-Maximin to David Ginola, Laurent Robert and Hatem Ben Arfa. With probably the latter being the closest comparison.
However, it is important to put things into perspective when it comes to expectations, as Hatem Arfa was playing for France and had helped Lyon win Ligue 1 titles by the time he had reached the age ASM is now.
What he does certainly have though is raw potential and it is whether that can be harnessed and given a proper platform at Newcastle United.
The ultra-defensive/negative Steve Bruce tactics certainly haven’t helped Joelinton. Whilst for Almiron and Saint-Maximin, they typically get possession of the ball closer to their own penalty area than the halfway line.
Like all fans, Newcastle supporters love a character, somebody who is larger than life.
In Allan Saint-Maximin they have the raw ingredients and the fans are willing him to be a lasting success.
Extracts from Allan Saint-Maximin talking to The Times:
“Sometimes in France they think I am not humble. It’s really bad in France. They do not know who I am. They say, ‘Oh, you have this life, and I can’t.’
“It’s not that I am like I am because I have money. Or you can do nothing to me because I have more money than you.
“Yeah, yeah I like to look smart. You have some people who think they are better than you and this I hate.
“You can have £25 million in your account but you all die the same.”
“I started at the bottom. When you play four against four (in street football) you have a lot of guys come up to you and they were always in my face. ‘You’re going to lose, we will do this to you, you’re too small.’ I said nothing. I was really young, probably ten and I played with bigger guys who were 15 or 16. Then I would dribble and score. After, they would say nothing.
“The supporters are excited because they see what I can do.
“They like players dribbling, running, doing things. I feel the roar when I have the ball. I feel like, ‘OK, you’re all in my hand, I have you.’ This gives me power.”
“Yes, I hope a goal will come quick, but I never stress in a game.
“When I’m on the pitch I think about nothing. I am here now, this is my dream, you must always enjoy where you are.”
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