Newcastle United need to keep Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin on Tyneside for as long as they can.
The pending takeover of Newcastle United was expected to distract the players and impact their form in Project Restart, but that has not been the case. The Magpies have a record of two victories, two draws, and one loss to take their overall tally to 43 points with four games remaining.
The latest reports surrounding Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin could start to become major distractions, though. The dynamic duo have been a joy to watch at Newcastle United and they are integral to the success of the club. Losing these players would be a massive blow for the Magpies.
Almiron has reportedly attracted the interest of Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. According to his agent, the interest in Almiron is genuine as Atletico’s representatives have reached out to enquire about the details of the Paraguayan’s release clause.
Saint-Maximin’s stellar performances have sparked the interest of teams like PSG, Napoli, and Arsenal. Reports from a few months back also claimed that Wolverhampton see him as a great option to replace Adama Traore if he were to leave this summer.
On one end, as Steve Bruce said last week, this interest from top clubs is a reflection of their great form at Newcastle United this season.
On the other end, though, Newcastle United need to find a way to keep their star players happy to ensure they stay for multiple seasons.
At the moment, both players seem to enjoy playing for Newcastle United. Almiron and Saint-Maximin are regular starters and they are both adored by the Toon Army, but here are two things the front office must do in order to keep them long-term.
Firstly, both players deserve new contracts as they are underpaid for what they bring to the team. There is no logical reason that can explain how Yoshinori Muto, Emil Krafth and a few other players who hardly see the pitch earn more money. Those negotiations need to take place immediately.
The second factor involves the transfer window. We have all witnessed what this team is capable of now that they are playing attacking football, and the team is only three quality signings away from regularly finishing in the top eight and knocking on the door of the top six.
Top talent will not stick around for relegation battles. Takeover or not, Newcastle United must dive into the transfer window and bring in some players who can elevate the status of the club.
By doing so the club would be sending a message that they aim to be competitive and build around Almiron and Saint-Maximin.
Now is the time to focus on how to keep Almiron and Saint-Maximin on Tyneside rather than make a significant profit off their talent.
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