Allan Saint-Maximin told he should be playing at a more 'renowned club' than Newcastle United

Allan Saint-Maximin should be playing at a more renowned club than Newcastle United.

That’s the view of his former Saint Etienne youth coach Gilles Rodriguez, who claims the 24-year-old is one of the most talented players he’s worked with.

Saint-Maximin progressed through the Saints’ academy under Rodriguez before joining Monaco after a handful of first-team appearances.

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After loan spells at Hannover 96 and Bastia, Nice signed the Frenchman in 2017 before Newcastle paid £16.2million for his services two years later.

Newcastle United star Allan Saint-Maximin. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Rodriguez, first reflecting on Saint-Maximin’s time at Saint Etienne, believes he was let go too early.

“Over the past 7-8 years, there’s especially one (regret), Allan Saint-Maximin, ” Rodriguez told Speaking to But! Football Club.

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"He was the most talented. Allan has a huge talent. What he was lacking to impact the club more was the mental side. He left too soon.

"It’s a shame for ASSE. If the boy could have had five or six seasons with us with the right frame of mind, he would have been extraordinary.”

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The Frenchman stuck up an instant bond with the St James’s Park faithful and is a key member of Steve Bruce’s squad.

He is recognised as one of the most feared attackers in the Premier League with his dribbling skills enough to win a game on his own.

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Clubs across Europe have taken notice of Saint-Maximin, leading Rodriguez to believe he should essentially be playing for a bigger club.

He continued: “Today, he’s at Newcastle and you can say he’s still doing well in his career.

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"Personally, I’m a bit more reserved. Looking at his extraordinary talent and his age today (24), Saint-Maximin should have played in a much more renowned club.

"Newcastle, that’s still something, but it’s just my opinion…”

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Earlier this year, Saint-Maximin hinted his long-term future could lie away from Newcastle as the club continues to fight relegation season upon season.

He told Sky Sports: “I had always said Newcastle should not be fighting against relegation every year. We have to fight for the top 10, it's what the supporters deserve.

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"Sometimes you have to think about your future, you can see Leicester winning the FA Cup, you play football to win trophies, not to fight to stay up.”

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