In a brutally honest interview, Allan Saint-Maximin has hinted that his long-term future can lie at St James’ Park – but only if Mike Ashley can help the club match his lofty ambitions.
The 23-year-old winger told French outlet Sport.FR that ‘everything’ depends on the club’s progression over the next few years.
If we don’t progress – he’ll be gone – and could we honestly blame a player of his ability if we don’t fight for anything other than survival in the comings years?
Here’s what he’s had to say:
“For my part, everything will depend on this development.
“If the club is developing well and it is in line with my desires, staying is a possibility.
“Afterwards, if things don’t turn out like that, obviously the question of leaving will arise.”
He shared his admiration for the stature of the club and that he intends on leading us into Europe in the future – starting with the Europa League and eventually the dreamland that is the Champions League.
“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.
“The Champions League is a big dream, every footballer wants to play it.
“It’s a great, historic club that has a lot of dreams and there is everything around it to achieve this goal.”
The Frenchman also added that there are a plethora of investors looking to purchase NUFC, as well as sharing some unusual praise for Mike Ashley.
“The club has a lot of ambitions and everyone has followed the news around Newcastle in particular with the possible takeover which was ultimately not possible, compared to the Premier League.”
“There are a lot of big investors trying to buy the club.
“We also have a president who invests a lot of money in order to strengthen the team and continue the development.”
I think we can all agree that Saint-Maximin’s potential ceiling is way higher than our club’s current trajectory.
However, if we do get taken over in the future and begin to compete with the bigger clubs in the Premier League, I can see him being here for the long term.
We’ll certainly have to hope so anyway, as Allan Saint-Maximin has to be one of the most popular, exciting and talented players we’ve seen on Tyneside in many a year!