By Gabriel Agbonlahor

14th Sep, 2021 | 6:00pm

Agbonlahor slams 'clown' Saint-Maximin after what he's seen at Newcastle

Allan Saint-Maximin played like a “clown” for Newcastle United against Man United at the weekend, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker claimed Saint-Maximin needs to stop with his “silly” tricks and flicks and be more clinical in the final third.

Newcastle started the game at Old Trafford well but were unable to take advantage and fell to a 4-1 defeat with the returning Cristiano Ronaldo grabbing a brace.

Saint-Maximin assisted Newcastle’s goal but completed just half of his dribbles and lost possession a staggering 14 times, according to sofascore.

“Steve Bruce has attacking players in the team,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“When Saint-Maximin is running through in the first half and he does a flick when all he has to do is pass around his opponent, what else can Steve Bruce do?

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“You’ve got Saint-Maximin playing like a clown, playing like he’s Neymar for PSG and they’re 6-0 up. It’s Man United.

“I was so frustrated watching him thinking ‘What is this guy doing?’ All he has to do is take on another player and get a shot off. Instead, he does a stupid trick and gives the ball away.

“I bet Steve Bruce was pulling his hair out and is tired of repeating to him ‘Stop your silly tricks and just take people on with your pace. You don’t always have to try silly tricks’.”

Saint-Maximin has scored once and provided two assists in the Premier League this term.

The 24-year-old has not missed a minute of league action this season.

In other news, Kevin Keegan’s stance on the Newcastle United ‘mess’ has been revealed after Bruce rant.