'Best dribbler in the Premier League' - Jamal Lewis makes bold claim about Newcastle United teammate

Jamal Lewis has lauded Newcastle United teammate Allan Saint-Maximin for his “off the cuff” trickery – and believes he is the best dribbler in the Premier League.

By Jordan Cronin
Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, 4:30 pm
Jamal Lewis believes Newcastle United teammate Allan Saint-Maximin is the best dribbler in the Premier League. (Photo by ALEX PANTLING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Lewis, after joining from Norwich City last summer, linked up with the maverick Frenchman on the left-hand side during the first part of last season.

But as Lewis lost his place in Steve Bruce’s starting XI, Saint-Maximin was moved into more of a central position as he played a leading role in keeping the Magpies in the top-flight.

Nevertheless, Lewis continued to train with Saint-Maximin on a daily basis and was simply left amazed by his ability.

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“He just makes it up,” Lewis told The Insight Pod when asked about the former Nice winger’s outrageous skills. “It’s so off the cuff, I sometimes think even he doesn’t know what he’s going to do!

"His change of direction, his creativity, ball dribbling and control – I think he is probably the best dribbler in the league.

"On his day, I don’t think you can tackle him. He can maybe give you the ball but on his day, I don’t think a man can tackle him because he’s that sharp.

"He’s a top player, that’s why the Newcastle fans love him – he’s an entertainer. He loves to entertain the fans.”

As per Wyscout, Saint-Maximin attempted 180 dribbles in 25 league appearances last term – an average of 9.69 per 90 minutes.

Only Wolverhampton Wanderers speedster Adama Traore tried more dribbles each game than the 24-year-old.

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