Chris Wilder has questioned whether Eddie Howe ‘really fancies’ Allan Saint-Maximin after he was dropped for Newcastle United’s 2-0 defeat to Man City today. The Frenchman proved to be a threat up top as he was handed a start in last weekend’s Carabao Cup final.
The Magpies made it three matches in a row without a goal at the Etihad Stadium and, despite their need for some flair and threat in attack, Saint-Maximin was limited to a cameo appearance after he was brought on on the hour mark. The winger has only started seven matches in the Premier League this season and has netted one goal.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Wilder said: “I do wonder if Eddie Howe really fancies Allan Saint-Maximin because I’d imagine he’d be playing, as one of the more important players, in a game as big as this. This is arguably Newcastle’s best team out today for their most important game.”
Saint-Maximin has previously attracted plenty of interest from top clubs due to his excellent performances on Tyneside, however his future is now looking uncertain for a different reason. Journalist Rudy Galetti previously claimed that Newcastle had slapped a £60 million price tag on the attacker during the January transfer window, however they may consider lowering their asking price this summer if they decide to move him on.
The 25-year-old has scored 13 goals and provided 19 assists since moving to St. James’ Park three-and-a-half years ago. However, he has failed to find the back of the net since United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves back in August and has fallen down the pecking order behind the likes of Anthony Gordon and Miguel Almiron.