Allan Saint-Maximin 'ends Premier League career' of veteran player

Allan Saint-Maximin has all but ended the West Ham United career of Pablo Zabaleta – after “running him ragged”.

Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 2:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 2:10 pm

That was the verdict of football.london journalist Sam Inkersole after Newcastle United's 3-2 win at the London Stadium last weekend.

Allan-Maximin tormented the home side, and in particular Zabaleta, with his pace, especially in the first half. And Inkersole has claimed that the 34-year-old defender – who won two Premier League titles with Manchester City – is unlikely to play for the club again.

Inkersole said: “Pablo Zabaleta was ran ragged by Allan Saint-Maximin an has probably played his last game in the Premier League barring an injury to (Ryan) Fredericks.”

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Steve Bruce hailed Saint-Maximin after the game. Newcastle’s head coach said: “He's quick and he takes you. It's natural. You can’t coach it. You're born with it – I believe he learned on the streets of France – and you can see that.”

Allan Saint-Maximin.
Pablo Zabaleta.