How long will Newcastle United keep Allan Saint-Maximin on Tyneside?
Newcastle United were fortunate to win the race for Allan Saint-Maximin, especially seeing that he joined shortly after Rafa Benitez left. With a price tag of only £16.5m, the Magpies got one of the best bargains in all of Europe.
The key question is how long will he stay on Tyneside? After impressing in his first season, the links to Wolverhampton and Liverpool did not take long to hit the press, and the list will only grow over time.
Saint-Maximin signed a six-year deal with Newcastle United that would see him wear the black and white stripes until the summer of 2025, but seeing a player commit to the full length of their contract today has become a rare sight for fans.
In a recent interview for French media, the dynamic winger was asked about his feelings toward Newcastle United, and his future at the club. Quoted below are his responses:
If the club is developing well – staying is a possibility.
Afterwards, if things don’t turn out like that, obviously the question of leaving will arise.
Now we are in a huge league with a lot of big teams, so being able to play in Europe and the Europa League would be really great.
No Surprise Here…
His comments can be interpreted in different ways by fans and pundits, but what he said makes sense. Why would a top talent stick around for mediocre football?
His ambitions are clear as he aims to compete in the Europa League and Champions League. The 23-year-old has the talent to attract teams that compete at that level, but he is also confident that Newcastle United can reach those heights.
On paper, Newcastle United have injected some good quality and experience into the squad. It all comes down to developing consistency as a team, and avoiding key injuries in order to break into the top ten this term.
Fans will obviously hope to see him stay at St. James’ Park through his prime and to the end of his contract, but the club will need to make impressive signings every summer for that to happen.