Our View: Saint-Maximin won't be happy about what his £40m Newcastle teammate has done
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Our View: Saint-Maximin won't be happy about what his £40m Newcastle teammate has done

Earlier this week, Joelinton spoke to Cast Futebol Clube about Neymar, where he invited the Brazilian to join him at Newcastle.

However, that wasn’t all he said, and we have a feeling Allan Saint-Maximin won’t be too happy about one comment in particular.

What’s the story?

Well, the £40m man said the No.10 shirt is waiting for Neymar if he joins the Magpies.

Joelinton is quoted as saying: “We can get him a spot. The No.10 shirt is there waiting for him. Ney, if you are listening to this, you can come. I’ll run to you all the time. I’ll send a message to Bruno. Bruno has his number. He can send Ney a message inviting him to play.”

Of course, Saint-Maximin is the proud owner of that shirt, and even has the No.10 written into his Twitter bio.

Nowadays, many players pride themselves on their shirt number, with some even creating brands off the back of it.

For example, Anthony Martial was supposedly left furious after Manchester United handed Zlatan Ibrahimovic his No.9 shirt at Old Trafford – the Frenchman had even launched a brand under the name AM9.

Therefore, we have a feeling Saint-Maximin won’t be too pleased about Joelinton offering his shirt number to Neymar while he is still employed by the club, even if it was a tongue-in-cheek comment.

Neymar to Newcastle would be bad news for Saint-Maximin

In our view, if Neymar does complete a shock move to St James’ Park, he and Saint-Maximin will clash.

After all, Newcastle are said to be one of three clubs who can actually afford the 30-year-old, who ESPN believe is considering a departure from Paris Saint-Germain, so the move is possible.

So, why do we think the pair will clash? Well, they are both entertainers, and in this day and age, there is usually room for just one flair player in any given side, especially those with question marks about their defensive work rate.

We simply can’t see Eddie Howe playing both Neymar and Saint-Maximin at the same time, so if he does listen to Joelinton’s message and comes to Newcastle, Tyneside could be too small for the pair of them to both fit in.

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