Allan Saint-Maximin has made it very clear that he doesn’t want to be involved in a third straight relegation battle with Newcastle United or he may have to look for a move to a team with more ambition, but Hull City legend Dean Windass has ruled out that next club being Everton.
Former Toffees striker Marcus Bent told Football FanCast last month that one of the Merseyside outfit’s main transfer priorities this summer is to sign a new pacy winger.
The Magpies appeared to be heading for the Championship after they were thrashed 3-0 by Brighton, but the return of Saint-Maximin from injury saw Steve Bruce able to push his team further up the pitch knowing his talismanic winger would be able to carry the ball forward much quicker and more successfully than anyone else in the squad.
With the amount of money Everton have spent in recent years, it would be sensible to think they are a much better club to join than Newcastle but they only managed to finish two places higher than the Magpies last season.
If Saint-Maximin, valued at £70m according to The Daily Mail, did move to Goodison Park then he would certainly be in a side that plays more attacking football which would suit his playing style but in terms of league finishes there is not much in it, something Windass spoke exclusively to Football FanCast about:
“Saint-Maximin is a talent but I don’t think he’d leave Newcastle. He’s like the big fish at Newcastle and I think, listening to Steve Howey the other day, he’s their talisman now.”
Everton may well be looking for a new winger this summer with Bernard failing to impress and Alex Iwobi still yet to show any sign of proving he was worth the £27 million the Toffees paid for him back in 2019.
Bruce will know that Saint-Maximin deserves to be playing at a higher level than relegation battles so the recruitment on Tyneside has to be spot on with more signings like Callum Wilson, and fewer ones like Jeff Hendrick.