Rodriguez says Saint-Maximin is too good for Newcastle
Gilles Rodriguez feels Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin should be at a better club.
In an interview with But! Football Club, the former coach believes he is too good for the Magpies.
Rodriguez has also lauded the 24-year-old, claiming that he left Saint-Etienne too early. The recently retired figure has also said he feels a lot of the winger’s struggles are on the mental side.
Saint-Maximin left Saint-Etienne for AS Monaco in 2015 and was sent out on loan three times before departing for OGC Nice. He subsequently earned a move to Newcastle in 2019 for £16.5m.
But it seems Rodriguez feels he deserves better than the St James’ Park outfit.
When talking about Saint-Maximin, Rodriguez said: “Allan has a huge talent. What he was lacking to impact the club more was the mental side. He left too soon.
“Today, he’s at Newcastle and you can say he’s still doing well in his career. Personally, I’m a bit more reserved. Looking at his extraordinary talent and his age today (24), Saint-Maximin should have played in a much more renowned club.”
Saint-Maximin may agree with Rodriguez soon
The start to the new season has been poor for Newcastle.
Failure to win any of their opening three Premier League games means the side have endured a bad start.
And the question is, how long before Saint-Maximin realises Rodriguez is right and leaves Newcastle?
Failing to add any new players to the squad leaves Newcastle in real danger of relegation.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old winger has looked as threatening as ever at the start of his campaign.
One goal, one assist and an average of 5.7 dribbles per league game, the Frenchman has been on fire. He is deserving of an opportunity at a bigger club.
But letting him depart would leave a sizable hole in the Newcastle side; one that would need filling.