Joleon Lescott has revealed what Allan Saint-Maximin’s former boss Patrick Vieira has told him about the Newcastle winger during an appearance on Sky Sports.
The ex-Man City centre-back says that Vieira – who coached the Frenchman at Nice – described him as an ‘exceptional talent’, but hinted that he’s someone who is easily distracted off the pitch – suggesting he needs to take care of himself better to become a top player.
The 22-year-old shone in a pre-season appearance against Saint-Etienne and showed flashes during a late cameo against Arsenal, but his first start for the club was cut short by an early hamstring complaint on Sunday.
Here’s what Lescott had to say about the winger on Sunday, revealing what former Man City teammate Patrick Vieira told him about the ex-Nice attacker:
“He can be an exceptional talent at times.
“He tends to worry about some issues and appearance more so than on the field attributes.
“He can be a top talent, and can be a match for anyone, I was told, but again, needs to worry about doing more and taking care of himself.”
His attitude and work rate had been questioned by some prior to his move to Tyneside, however it’s fair to say we’ve seen no signs of unprofessionalism or carelessness as of yet.
In fact, it’s been quite the opposite, with him taking time to visit the local NUFC foodbank just last week.
Yes he interacts with fans a lot on social media and is a big character, but this has only helped him become a big favourite with Newcastle fans – and that’s before he’s even proven what he’s capable of doing on the pitch.
Let’s hope he can get fully fit as soon as possible and shake off this hamstring injury that has hampered his start to life at St James’ Park thus far.