Danny Mills believes there’s somewhat of an ulterior motive behind Allan Saint-Maximin’s brand new deal worth a reported £70,000 per week.
The unpopular pundit claims the club are only looking to protect their asset with the massive contract so that other clubs a forced to pay a hefty fee for the winger if and when serious interest arrives.
Here’s what he had to say in full to Football Insider:
“He’s done very, very well because he’s exciting and offers something different.
“What happens is that other clubs start to go ‘Ooh, let’s have a little look, we quite like him, I think he might suit us.’
“Newcastle have been quite clever and thought ‘Right, let’s tie him down, let’s get it done and dusted and then if somebody does want to buy him and take him away from us then we’ve got a very valuable asset’ because he’s been tied down for a long-term period.”
It’s probably a fair assessment by Mills – even if news of an extension and well deserved pay rise for our star man was still good news.
If we’re honest, we all know the big clubs will come calling eventually – even if we don’t really want to admit it.
This way, the club will at least have the ability to put up some sort of financial fight by quoting a large fee for the 23-year-old, not that there’ll be a single Mag out there who’d like to entertain the idea of him leaving at any price!
Saint-Maximin signing a new improved six-year deal and his comments that followed suggests he does want to play for us long term, however I’m sure we’ll all agree that our ambition must exceed ‘survival’ if we’re to keep a player of his talent for many years to come.