Steve Bruce says £40m player Tottenham and Chelsea reportedly want is one of the best he's ever managed
Saint-Maximin has been linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea this summer, with reports suggesting that Newcastle would want at least £40m to let their star man go.
The French winger was brought to St James’ Park by Bruce back in 2019 and has been a standout performer on Tyneside ever since.
And current West Brom boss Bruce clearly holds the Newcastle man in high regard and sees him as one of the best he’s ever managed.
Bruce says Saint-Maximin is one of the best he’s managed
In his starting line-up, he placed the 25-year-old as a striker alongside former Birmingham City man Christophe Duggary.
Saint-Maximin is in some good company in Bruce’s eleven too, as it features current players like Jack Grealish and Andy Robertson.
It also features legends of the game such as John Terry, Wes Brown and Antonio Valencia.
Bruce has managed a total of 11 clubs in English football throughout his long career, including the likes of Aston Villa and Sunderland.
The English manager has managed some very talented players in his 24 years of management, so it’s a big compliment for Saint-Maximin to make his best side.
Saint-Maximin could become an even better player
There’s no denying that the Newcastle winger is a talented player who excites Toon fans with his exciting style of play.
But if there’s an area of his game that he will be hoping to improve, it’s his attacking output. While Eddie Howe’s men look a far better side when he’s on the pitch, Saint-Maximin needs to work on scoring and assisting more often.
Last season, he scored five goals and put up the same amount of assists but he could definitely improve on these numbers.
At the age of 25, Saint-Maximin is heading towards his prime years and if he is to be part of Newcastle’s potential return to the top of the Premier League, or move on to a Champions League club, he will have to work on producing better attacking numbers.
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