Newcastle boss Steve Bruce insists he hasn’t had any discussions over Allan Saint-Maximin’s departure
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce insists he has had no discussions over Allan Saint-Maximin’s departure… as he claims the club don’t want to lose key players and reveals the winger ‘enjoyed’ his pivotal role
- Steve Bruce insists he hasn’t spoken about Allan Saint-Maximin’s departure from Newcastle
- The tricky winger again stood out for the Magpies at the start of this season
- Boss Bruce has downplayed talk of owner Mike Ashley letting the star leave
- Saint-Maximin is happy to be fit and play a new pivotal role, Bruce has said
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has downplayed talk of wing wizard Allan Saint-Maximin leaving the club, if the price is right for owner Mike Ashley, in the January transfer window.
Flying Frenchman Saint-Maximin scored twice and provided two assists in a scintillating individual start to the season for the Magpies, sparking fears that the club’s main creative spark could be sold to the highest bidder early next year.
Bullish Bruce told the Chronicle“I didn’t even have that conversation – and I don’t want that conversation, as you can imagine.
Allan Saint-Maximin (R) will be a lucky wideman if Newcastle can win at Watford on Saturday
Boss Steve Bruce has put Saint-Maximin in a more central position so far this campaign
“We don’t want to lose our best players. I’m very happy with him, so I’m not going to have that conversation with anyone for now. We want to keep our best players.’
Injuries curtailed Saint-Maximin’s influence last season, keeping the 24-year-old off his side with his twinkling toes from 13 Premier League games.
Understandably, the Saint-Maximin manager is just as eager to keep his most in-form star free from trouble as he is to have the club resist any lucrative offer for him.
Bruce said: “He’s staying fit and healthy and the decision to put him in the middle has really enjoyed it.
The Frenchman scored two of the Magpies’ six goals, but they remain in the relegation zone
“He can go either way and he has played his fifth 90-minute game this season” [already]. That’s more than he did all last season.’
Newcastle occupy the last place of relegation in the Premier League ahead of their trip to newly promoted Watford on Saturday.
The fighters have yet to win, with their two points in the campaign so far due to Saint-Maximin’s efforts.
The former Nice livewire equalized in a 1-1 draw with Leeds in his side’s most recent home game and thought he had scored a winner in the 91st minute against visitors Southampton before James Ward-Prowse scored five minutes later to make it 2- 2 out of it.