Danny Mills has claimed that Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin “can be great” if he overcomes his unpredictability. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international claimed that the Frenchman’s underwhelming display against Oxford United in the FA Cup over the weekend could actually prove to be a good thing for him.

Saint-Maximin’s showing in the 0-0 draw prompted him to take to Twitter, admitting that it was his worst performance in a black and white shirt.

But Mills believes that the wide man can learn from his mistakes.

“We all know with Saint-Maximin that he can be great,” he told Football Insider

“He’s got all sorts of skills and tricks and flicks, but he’s very unpredictable and you’re not sure which performance you’re going to get from time to time. 

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“The best thing is that he’s had that performance against Oxford and not in a Premier League where you’re more likely to get punished and found out.

“Sometimes you can have a bad game, get away with it and it’s a little bit of check.”

Saint-Maximin has established himself as a fan favourite on Tyneside thanks to his eye-catching trickery and willingness to run at defenders.

Despite some exciting performances, however, he still has just the one goal and two assists in 14 appearances for the Toon Army.

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