Newcastle United may be ready to force out Saint-Maximin - pundit

By Gabriel Agbonlahor

10th May, 2022 | 5:00pm

Eddie Howe does not want Allan Saint-Maximin after Newcastle United reveal - pundit

Eddie Howe does not want Allan Saint-Maximin at Newcastle United and will try and sell him this summer, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward claimed Saint-Maximin is too selfish to fit into a Howe side.

The 25-year-old has started Newcastle’s last seven Premier League games but only has one goal contribution in that time – an assist in the 3-0 win over Norwich City last month (23 April).

The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope reported on Sunday (8 April) the club’s new owners are open to selling Saint-Maximin.

Not only is the winger in poor form, but he has also came under criticism after he appeared to criticise his teammates in an interview with French magazine So Foot earlier this month (4 May).

Asked whether he thinks the Frenchman has a role to play next season, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “No, I don’t think so.

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“When I watch him and I look at the manager, I don’t think the manager wants him.

“He looks like a very frustrating player. Sometimes when I watch him it’s like he’s playing one-man Wembley where he wants to take the whole team on by himself.

“Eddie Howe will want team players who want to work for the team. Saint-Maximin can slow it down when there are strikers making runs in the box.

“With Newcastle’s unlimited funds, they might look to sell Saint-Maximin, get a decent fee in and use it to build a team.”

Despite his recent poor performances, Saint-Maximin has nine goal contributions in 33 Premier League games this term.

He signed a long-term deal in October 2020 and is under contract at St. James’ Park until the summer of 2026.

In other news, a finance guru has revealed a Newcastle United drama has forced chiefs to ‘sever ties’ with a top executive.