'Imagine': Owen Hargreaves says Allan Saint-Maximin is 'almost unplayable'
Owen Hargreaves heaped praise on Allan Saint-Maximin after the Newcastle United forward scored against Leeds United. The ex-England international thinks he can get better, too.
Newcastle United aren’t playing particularly well at the moment but did pick up their first point of the season on Friday evening. They hosted Leeds United and saw out a 1-1 draw.
It could have been more, though. Newcastle enjoyed 17 shots in the game and while their opponents had 21, the chance to win was there. Both sides struggled to take their chances, meaning one piece of brilliance could have been enough.
Well, two in Newcastle’s case. Leeds took the lead through a cross, essentially, as Raphinha’s pass curled into the net. That left Steve Bruce’s side needing something to get back into the game.
Fortunately, Allan Saint-Maximin was there to deliver it. The Frenchman danced with the ball through the Leeds defence, waiting for the right angle to shoot.
He eventually found it, too, for a brilliant solo goal. Neither side was able to follow that up, however, and the game finished 1-1.
But Saint-Maximin’s wonderful effort was enough to earn praise after the game, particularly from Owen Hargreaves. The former midfielder is a big fan.
Hargreaves on Saint-Maximin
“He’s fabulous to watch, he really is,” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions. “Surely he’s going to sell a few shirts up at Newcastle.
“Could you imagine him in some of the big teams where they couldn’t really key on him and he’d have a lot more space to work?
“If he played in a team where they had more firepower, I don’t think you can stop him one v one. Honestly, he’s almost unplayable.”
Hargreaves is absolutely right. Saint-Maximin loves these mazy runs past defenders but they’d be a whole lot easier if the entire opposition defence wasn’t on him.
Newcastle need to find a way to create more space for their star. He has incredible dribbling ability and as we saw against Leeds, he can finish, too.
But by even slightly improving their team, Saint-Maximin could improve even further. Newcastle have someone special here – it would be nice to see them make use of that.