Allan Saint-Maximin reveals more on 'difficult' transfer to Newcastle United

Allan Saint-Maximin is keen to hit the ground running at Newcastle United – after finally getting a move to the club.

Sunday, 4th August 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th August 2019, 4:45 pm
Allan Saint-Maximin on his Newcastle debut.

Saint-Maximin made his debut against Saint-Etienne yesterday less than 24 hours after joining in a £16.5million deal from Nice.

The winger – who hopes to start the August 11 season-opener against Arsenal – came off the bench against the French club at St James’s Park, where Joelinton and Matty Longstaff were on target in a 2-1 win for Newcastle.

Jetro Willems, signed on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt, also made his debut.

Steve Bruce. (Pic: Steve Dobson)

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"I feel good,” said Saint-Maximin. “I don't think you could ask too much more the week before a big game against Arsenal.

"In France, you don't have 50,000 people turning out to watch you in games. It's not normal for me. I know I will see much more people against Arsenal. It’s really good for the players.”

Newcastle’s interest in Saint-Maximin, handed the No10 jersey by head coach Steve Bruce, dates back to last season, when Nice coach Patrick Vieira blocked a move for him.

"It was a difficult transfer,” said the former France Under-21 international. "Newcastle came in December last year, so it’s been a long time for me.

"Nice did not want to let me go, because they needed players. The trainer (Vieira) wanted me to stay. I told him I wanted to go to Newcastle.

"Newcastle came for me again, so now it’s my dream to be in the Premier League. It’s a very good club.”

Bruce – who played Miguel Almiron off striker Joelinton against Saint-Etienne – will now assess his players ahead of the Arsenal game.

"It will be up to the head coach (who starts against Arsenal),” said Saint-Maximin. "Joelinton’s a very good player, and Miguel Almiron had a lot of opportunities to score.

"For me, I passed well to (Yoshinori) Muto, and had an opportunity myself to score. When I feel my way into things, I'll feel better and to shoot and score.”