Since purchasing a majority interest from Mike Ashley in October 2021, Saudi Arabian consortium PIF has owned Newcastle United throughout the entirety of Newcastle United’s current season.
Eddie Howe took over as the Magpies’ manager when PIF decided to fire Steve Bruce, and he managed the team to Premier League status in the 2021–2022 season.
Although Ashley was “much-maligned” by The Daily Mail during his tenure on Tyneside, he did have some successful moments while Bruce was the club’s manager.
Allan Saint-transfer Maximin’s from Nice of Ligue 1 is one transaction that Newcastle supporters may praise him for concluding in the summer of 2019.
Bruce, the team’s manager at the time, praised the forward’s talent at the time, stating that “he has all the traits you would want in an attacking player.” He swooped to sign the French winger for a rumoured sum of around £16.5 million.
The attacking midfielder had a respectable, though unspectacular, first season in English football, scoring three goals and dishing out four assists in 26 Premier League games. He subsequently contributed to the same amount of direct goals in the next season before upping it up in 2021/22.
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Saint-Maximin contributed five goals and five assists from wide positions while also producing seven “big opportunities” and 1.4 chances per game. He was a key player for Howe during the entire season.
In the Premier League, no Newcastle player finished more dribbles, created more opportunities, or handed out more assists than the Frenchman, which demonstrates how crucial he was to the squad.
After Adama Traore was the only player to average more dribble completions per game than the ex-Nice player in 2020/21, the winger, who journalist Luke Edwards famously referred to as a “marvellous magician,” did so last season.
He is a player who excites crowds with his daring runs when in control of the ball, and he has demonstrated the ability to have an influence in the final third with goals and assists, albeit perhaps not regularly enough to make him one of the league’s best.
The club was reportedly willing to sell Saint-Maximin for roughly £50 million earlier this year, but they ultimately decided to hang onto the talented winger.
This indicates that the Magpies value him at £33.5 million higher than they did when they acquired him from the French top division in 2019.
By purchasing him three years ago, Newcastle and Ashley pulled off a brilliant move since he has put on incredible displays on the field and is now thought to be an asset worth much more than they spent for him.