Journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed that rumoured Tottenham target Allan Saint-Maximin would bring an ‘X-factor’ to Antonio Conte’s side in possession that they are currently lacking.
Saint-Maximin is undoubtedly one of the most skilled dribblers in the Premier League but the winger has not always delivered the kind of end product that someone of his talent should.
That is why he has struggled to establish himself as a regular in the Magpies XI this season, having started less than a third of their Premier League games so far in 2022-23 (Transfermarkt).
The Sunday People (19/2, Page 62) reported two weeks ago that Tottenham are monitoring the Frenchman and contemplating making an offer for him in the summer.
The report added that Spurs have liked Saint-Maximin for ‘some time’ and suggested that Eddie Howe’s men might be open to letting him leave after Anthony Gordan arrived through the door in January.
However, journalist Rudi Galetti revealed last month that Newcastle will only sell the 25-year-old if they receive a substantial offer of around £60m.
When asked about Tottenham’s rumoured interest in Saint-Maximin, O’Rourke has now told GiveMeSport: “Yeah, he’s a top player St Maximin, we know on his day he can be a potential match winner and he’s a real box of tricks he’s direct and can score goals, create goals and as I said, he has a part of unpredictability about him as well.
“He’s got that X factor in the final third maybe some people have questioned Spurs haven’t had that this season.
“There’s been too much reliance on Harry Kane and with maybe Son on when not been at his best this season as well while Richarlison has struggled with injuries”.
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Conte has remarked that Tottenham can do with more players who are good in one vs one situations. So, the Italian probably would want to have an option like Saint-Maximin on the bench to bring on against tired legs.
However, I cannot see Spurs paying more than £35m-£40m for a player of Saint-Maximin’s output.
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