Allan Saint-Maximin blames Newcastle United team-mates for lack of assists and praise from pundits

Allan Saint-Maximin has hinted he would be valued higher in football if his teammates took advantage of the chances he creates. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Newcastle United striker Allan Saint-Maximin has blamed his team-mates’ erratic finishing for his own low assist numbers for the club and believes his reputation would be greatly enhanced if he delivered better players who are capable are to seize his chances.

The 25-year-old has scored five goals this season and assisted on other occasions, in a season that began with Newcastle on the brink of relegation until their takeover by a Saudi government-affiliated investment fund and the arrival of expensive reinforcements in January led to promotion up the Premier League table.

Striker Callum Wilson has been sidelined for most of the season through injury, while winter signing Chris Wood has scored just two goals in 14 starts since arriving from Burnley. With 40 goals scored, Newcastle have managed to score more than just six other sides in the division.

Now Saint-Maximin has attacked the wasteful strikers around him, suggesting his own reputation is being damaged by their inability to end the chances he created for them.

“The day I get a teammate capable of taking my chances, I’ll have 10-15 successful assists every season,” Saint-Maximin told French publication So Foot. “It will change people’s minds.”

“Those who have played alongside me know full well that I have no reason to be jealous when it comes to sheer quality [someone like] sadio mane But the difference between these great players and me is that they show a lot of things on the pitch.”

In a rather bizarre interview, Saint-Maximin also said his goal in football is “to change the rules and people’s lives,” much like former Chicago Bulls basketballer Michael Jordan.

“My goal is to do things that leave a mark on people’s minds and change the rules,” added Saint-Maximin. “Similar to what Michael Jordan did. He changed people’s lives. Jordan gave people motivation, and that’s nice.”

Newcastle have four games left before the end of the Premier League season and are tenth in the table.

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