'Can be a 9/10' - Exclusive: Danny Mills lauds 'Difficult' Newcastle star who started v B'mouth
Danny Mills claims that Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin is such a threat because of his unpredictability up front.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that he does not think that the summer arrival always knows what he is going to do with the ball at his feet and that makes it a nightmare for defenders.
The 22-year-old started Saturday’s home tie against Bournemouth and set up DeAndre Yedlin for the Magpies’ first-half equaliser, the winger’s ball into the box headed home at close range by the USA international.
Mills says that players like Saint-Maximin can prove to be a real headache for defenders, suggesting that the attacker’s own uncertainty makes him nearly impossible to handle at times.
Mills told Football Insider: “Sometimes it’s the unpredictability. It’s not like we’ve seen him have several fabulous games where you’re thinking: ‘Right, I know what I’m up against, this is how I’ve going to deal with him today. These are his strengths, these are his weaknesses, this is what I can work on.’
“It’s actually like: ‘I don’t know.’ Yes, he’s quick but I’m not sure he knows what he’s going to do, I’m not sure he knows what sort of game he’s going to have. Therefore, I’ve no idea what he’s going to do.
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“That makes it hard sometimes, but it means these players can be a nine out of ten or a three out of ten at times. There is a massive lack of consistency but when they’re on song, when they have one of those good days, it’s very, very difficult to combat.”
Saint-Maximin, who joined the Magpies from OGC Nice this summer, has played a total of eight times this season, his assist for Yedlin his first contribution to a goal in black and white.
Newcastle’s next game sees them visit Aston Villa after the international break.
In other Newcastle United news, Danny Mills has tipped a Magpies midfielder for the exit in January.