'He's similar': Ex-Liverpool star compares Allan Saint-Maximin to this former Barcelona speedster
Former England and Newcastle United midfielder John Barnes has compared Allan Saint-Maximin to Wolves speedster Adama Traore.
Saint-Maximin joined from French club Nice last summer for £16.5million and has since been recognised as one of the signings of the 2019-20 campaign.
His powerful running, skills and all-round likability has already helped establish him as a firm fans’ favourite ahead of his second season at St James’s Park.
Among Newcastle fans, the 23-year-old has drawn comparisons to the club’s previous French wingers such as David Ginola and Hatem Ben Arfa.
From the outside however, Barnes has likened Saint-Maximin to Traore, a player who has also been heavily praised for his recent role in Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
He told Bonus Code Bets: “He's been a shining light this year for Newcastle. From the middle to the end of the season he really came good and demonstrated some top-class performances.
“It took him a while to settle in and I wouldn’t say that they’re the most attacking team, but he’s really given them that bit extra.
“He's similar to Adama Traore of Wolves, he’s quick, strong and has a real attacking ability. Over the season he has been inconsistent at times, but on his day, he can do anything.
“I’m pleased for him that from December he started to do very well, he’s a very good player for them (Newcastle). “
Meanwhile, Saint-Maximin’s first game back of pre-season with the Magpies is due to take place against Barnsley on Saturday, August 29, behind closed doors at the club’s training base.