Exclusive: I've spotted Newcastle coaches focus solely on managing one player - Brown
Michael Brown has claimed Allan Saint-Maximin is so important to Newcastle United that he’s seen the coaching staff focus solely on just getting the best out of him.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Man City, Tottenham and Leeds United midfielder claimed the Magpies have another Adama Traore in their hands in the mercurial French forward.
Traore has taken the Premier League by storm at Wolves this season and Brown can see similarities in the playing style of the explosive and increasingly effective Saint Maximin.
He pointed out how manager Steve Bruce and first-team coach Steve Clemence concentrated purely on managing Saint-Maximin during the extra-time break in Newcastle’s recent FA Cup win over Oxford United.
“It’s going into extra-time and all the players are looking for some leader, Clemence and Steve Bruce have not even addressed the team, all they’re talking to is Saint-Maximin, which says to me he either wins you it or loses it from where he goes to stand,” Brown told Football Insider.
“It’s about consistency, not being a show pony, literally doing tricks, flicks, stepovers which he does try and do, but when he’s hot, he’s hot.
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“Is he Adama Traore all over again? I say Adama Traore, he’s been more consistent, but Saint-Maximin, he’s got the tools.
“When you can do what he can do with that football and have the pace and power, then you’ve got an opportunity.”
The crowd-pleasing attacker has made a big impact in Newcastle’s last two matches since a visibly fuming Bruce hit out at a report he had a “bust-up” with Saint-Maximin.
Since signing from Nice for £16million last summer, the attacker has made 21 appearances for the club, scoring three goals and supplying four assists.
In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson has revealed the Magpies player he’s desperately wanted Leeds United to sign.