Allan Saint-Maximin has paid tribute to NUFC’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson after signing a new SIX-year deal at St James’ Park.
The winger has also revealed that his “big dream” is to follow in the footsteps of David Ginola and “leave his mark” on Tyneside as he did, believing the “project” that’s now in place at Newcastle United gives him the chance to do that.
ASM’s special mention for Steve Nickson is also very telling, suggesting the scout has played a huge part in his rise to fame in a black and white shirt.
Here’s what he shared on his Instagram page after signing a new deal:
“I love Newcastle and everything it stands for on and off the pitch! It feels like home to me now, I feel like I’m a part of this city…
“More than that, I now have the big dream of following in the footsteps of David Ginola, I want to leave my mark here like he did! Knowing the Newcastle project, I now know that it is possible !
“Thank you Newcastle to believe in me, thanks to the supporters for this amazing connection between us! I will do everything I can do to achieve great things with this Club! You guys deserve it and the best is coming!
“Thank you Steve Nickson, thank you for all the long discussions about football and life.
“Thank you for taking the time to understand me, thank you for explaining and convincing me why this Newcastle project is an incredible opportunity.
“I am very grateful for what you have done.“
We may question why Steve Nickson and Co thought it was a good idea to go all out fo an overpriced Joelinton, however the arrival of Allan Saint-Maximin for just £16.5m has been a masterstroke.
He’s not only lit up St James’ Park with his stunning skill, electric pace, incredible dribbling, but also give his all, interacts with fans on social media and delivered on his promise to help out the NUFC Foodbank.
Saint-Maximin just gets it. He gets us, he gets this football club and he appreciates how much he is adored by his army of Toon fans.
Here’s to six more years of ASM – one of the most exciting and likeable players we’ve seen on Tyneside in many a year.