Jonjo Shelvey has hailed Allan Saint-Maximin as “different gravy” – boldly claiming he’s good enough to play for Real Madrid.
The fan favourite Frenchman has lit up St James’ Park since his arrival 18 months ago despite suffering several niggling injuries along the way.
Shelvey drooled over his team mate while speaking to Charlie Austin on the Studs Up podcast, but did admit that he sometimes holds on to the ball for “way too long” – suggesting this is an area of his game he could improve.
Here’s what Jonjo’s had to say about star man Allan Saint-Maximin:
“He is different gravy!
“You can just give him the ball and sometimes he holds on to it for way too long but, honestly, he is unbelievable.
“He has got the ability to play for Real Madrid and teams like that, without a doubt.
“He has been unlucky with his hamstrings and things like that.
“He is loved up here. He is absolutely adored up here.
“He is a flair player and he can just turn a game on its head.”
While Saint-Maximin does need to become more efficient with the ball, we have seen an improvement in his ability to become more decisive in the final third.
This was highlighted by his brilliant piece of dribbling in quick pass across the box to set up Joe Willock’s big chance against Wolves.
He is certainly the most electric player we have had on Tyneside since Hatem Ben Arfa. At just 23-years old, it is scary to think just how good he can become with the right mentality and coaching!