Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has blasted Allan Saint-Maximin as a Neymar wannabe following our humiliating 4-1 defeat to Man Utd, saying he played like a “clown”.
He may have lost the ball 14 times, but the explosive Frenchman set up Javier Manquillo for our equaliser and was our main out-ball on the counter attack all afternoon, making these comments from Agbonlahor all the more misplaced.
The ex-England international has often slammed Toon fans for criticising Steve Bruce – who managed him between 2016-18. Last year he labelled supporters as “deluded”, claiming we’d get beat 6-0 every week if we played attacking football.
Now, rather ironically, he’s turned on one of our star players who’s actually helped keep his mate Steve Bruce in a job over the past 18 months, with ASM being the last player to blame for the defeat and our current predicament.
This is what he said when speaking to Football Insider:
“Steve Bruce has attacking players in the team.
“When Saint-Maximin is running through in the first half and he does a flick when all he has to do is pass around his opponent, what else can Steve Bruce do?
“You’ve got Saint-Maximin playing like a clown, playing like he’s Neymar for PSG and they’re 6-0 up. It’s Man United.
“I was so frustrated watching him thinking ‘What is this guy doing?’ All he has to do is take on another player and get a shot off. Instead, he does a stupid trick and gives the ball away.
“I bet Steve Bruce was pulling his hair out and is tired of repeating to him ‘Stop your silly tricks and just take people on with your pace. You don’t always have to try silly tricks’.”
Some of this is unbelievable from Agbonlahor, who appears to be getting pretty desperate these days in his attempts to defend Steve Bruce.
I thought ASM was one of very few bright sparks last weekend, with him a constant threat on the counter and playing a key role in our equaliser.