'Why isn’t he playing for Barcelona?' - Jeff Stelling backs Newcastle United player for top European move

Sky Sports host Jeff Stelling has enquired as to why Newcastle United talisman Allan Saint-Maximin hasn’t been courted by one of Europe’s elite clubs yet.
Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

The Frenchman has made a major impact on Tyneside since signing from OGC Nice in 2019, and put in an impressive attacking display in the Magpies’ 4-2 opening day defeat to West Ham last weekend.

The 24-year-old tied Declan Rice up in knots before providing an assist for Callum Wilson’s opener, and Stelling has openly wondered why he hasn’t been the subject of more transfer interest.

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Speaking on Soccer Saturday ahead of the Toon Army’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa, he said: “I want to ask about Allan Saint-Maximin. Why is he not playing for a more successful club?

"Why isn’t he playing for Barcelona, or Real Madrid, or Manchester United?”

Pundit Kris Boyd responded: “He’s definitely got the talent, but we just see it in little bursts.

"Some of his movement from last week was unbelievable – his feet! He backs his pace, he backs his skill. You’ve then got to look and ask if he can deliver a ball.

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"Of course he can, but we don’t see it often enough. What you find with the top players is consistency. The top players go for 90 minutes.

" If he’s going to make that next step, that’s where he’s got to get to. His fitness levels need to increase as well, but in terms of talent, he’s fantastic.”

Stelling replied: "I think even if he doesn’t score and assist as much as people would like, he causes so much panic in the opposition, just by his presence.”