If Newcastle stood up to the monster Manchester City this Sunday (3-3), Allan Saint-Maximin had a lot to do with it. Involved in all three goals for his team and constant danger to the The citizensThe Frenchman was in one of his days in which it is not unreasonable to imagine him higher.
That is Eden Hazard who said it A month ago, on ESPN: “My toughest rival in the Premier League? KyleWalker. He is tough, he is fast. I’m big and fast, but he’s bigger than me… And faster than me. » Of all the buffalo in the Kingdom, the defending bodybuilder of City would therefore be the one who would sweat the attackers the most in this championship. However, this Sunday in August at St James’s Park, fear may have changed sides when Allan Saint-Maximin turned up against the England international. In Newcastle, the defending champion blue sky bit the dust before getting away with a point at the end of an anthology match (3-3). And in all this hubbub, the Frenchman was one of the great men of the match.
“I hope Deschamps hasn’t lost his Channel codes”
If the hosts took five minutes and a pawn from İlkay Gündoğan to get into their match, the former OGC Nice and SC Bastia player quickly started his memorable performance. Zigzags, spins, jerks, tireless to and fro in the left lane or to dive in the axis… All without the frills of which he is nevertheless an expert: for this first clash of the NUFC season, Saint -Maximin had put on his gala suit against Walker, John Stones and others in which he instilled fear with each ball taken for at least 70 minutes. And if he didn’t register his compound surname on the notice board, he is nonetheless the man of the match for the Newcastle Magpies side: first author of the decisive cross – having outflanked on the left and arranged Walker and João Cancelo. by Miguel Almirón in the draw (28me), then orbited Callum Wilson – starting almost from the halfway line – in the second (39me). Before ending with a new attack, at the origin of the sumptuous half-time free kick scored by Kieran Trippier (54me).
“The day I have a player capable of finishing off the actions, I will do seasons with fifteen assists. » Allan Saint Maximin
Enough to feed a little more the adoration of the local fans for their striker, who arrived three years ago on the north bank of the River Tyne and who is coming off his best statistical season in the PL (35 appearances, five pawns and five attendance). “I am very loved by the fans, it is a relationship of mutual love, it happened naturally.said in May. But when I go to the city, there are often riots, I can’t go there without being arrested. » author of four key pass altogether against The citizens (best scorer of the match, with Kevin De Bruyne and Gündoğan), the Châtenay-Malabry native shone in altruism where he was often criticized for his obscenity in the last or penultimate gesture. Thanks to him, Newcastle were not far from a big blow. Something that Saint-Max would undoubtedly like to see repeated, who intends to take advantage of the passage under the Saudi flag to change dimension at the same time as his club.
More seriously, obviously I am aware that Blues is at a very, very high level and that it requires a lot of things because there is already quality in attack! BUT the truth is that I am determined to continue killing myself in the field to be part of it one day??
— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) August 21, 2022
“Those who have played with me know very well that in terms of pure quality, I have nothing to envy Sadio Mané. But the difference between these great players and me is that they show a lot of things on the pitch. […] That is why the changes that will take place in Newcastle will be beneficial for me.dared recently. The day I have a player capable of finishing actions, I will do seasons with ten or fifteen assists, and I will change the dimension in people’s heads. […] The good example right now is Nkunku. […] He found himself in a club where he feels good, in a championship that favors his qualities… Well, we can see the result! That is what Newcastle wants to do for me. » At the end of his recital, the former international candidate had fun on Twitter (“I hope Didier Deschamps hasn’t lost his Channel codes”) before going back. At 25, however, it is no longer time to laugh.
By Jeremy Baron
All about Allan Saint-Maximin taken fromSoFoot
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