Allan Saint-Maximin has been speaking about his ambitions in football, revealing how he hopes to break into the France squad and play in the Champions League.
Had it not been for the recent takeover on Tyneside, many quite rightfully feared he’d only achieve such feats away from St James’ Park.
However, with new owners in place with big goals and even bigger wallets, Saint-Maximin might just be able to achieve his dreams as a Newcastle United player.
Here’s what he had to say when speaking to French outlet Canal+ (via FootMercato):
“I have goals and it goes through Les Bleus.
“There is the World Cup.
“I also have the Champions League in mind so of course I hope that with the takeover of the club, my desires, my ambitions will be able to be in line with everything that is happening at the moment.
“I’m pretty happy with what’s going on for the club right now.
“I hope the best is still to come.”
The message is pretty clear. He is happy on Tyneside, but has big ambitions and is hoping he’ll be able to achieve them with us now wealthy new owners have arrived.
Success won’t arrive overnight, meaning ASM himself will also have the be patient, however he could make a surge towards the French side for next year’s World Cup if any new manager is able to get the best out of him on a consistent basis.
We know he has all the ability in the world, yet Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park was perhaps his worst performance of the season, seeing him lose the ball too cheaply and cut a frustrated figure before being replaced by Joelinton for the final 15 minutes.
With many of us resigned to losing him had Mike Ashley remained, let’s hope we see him thriving at a successful Newcastle United before too long!