Why Wolves should not make a move for Allan Saint-Maximin
Saint-maximin, 23, rose through the ranks of Saint Etienne’s youth system and moved to Monaco in the summer of 2015. But he could make just 2 appearances for Les Monegasques, spending most of the time on loan spells with Hannover and SC Bastia before making the jump to Nice in August 2017.
In his two seasons with Nice, he impressed with 11 goals and 14 assists in 74 appearances and Newcastle United signed him last summer. Though he initially struggled in England, the Frenchman has been one of the best players in the latter stages of the league.
His impressive performances have garnered the attention of several clubs, and he has been tipped to leave St. James’ Park in the ongoing transfer window, as per the report.
Saint-Maximin could be surplus to requirements at Wolves
At the moment, Wolves have three left wingers in their squad. Diogo Jota has been one of the best players in the squad this season alongside Raul Gimenez. He scored 7 goals while further setting up 1 more in 34 league appearances. Summer signing Pedro Neto has also done a decent job with 3 goals and 3 assists despite getting limited opportunities.
Daniel Podence was signed last January but the Portuguese struggled initially. However, his performance towards the end of the campaign showed how effective he can be for the team. Thus, with plenty of options on the left side of the attack, signing Saint-Maximin wouldn’t be a prudent decision.
The Frenchman has been in good form of late but a move to the Midlands would hamper his progress. Nuno already has plenty of options in the wide areas and handing regular game time to Saint-Maximin would become a problem for the manager.
Moreover, all three aforementioned names are young and can only get better with experience. As a result, they would have to keep the Frenchman on the bench, whereas, he needs to be playing continuously at this point. And signing him would also just make them waste their resources.
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With plenty of option in attack, Wolves really don’t need a winger to strengthen the squad. And, Saint-Maximin can do better if he moves to some other club. Thus, signing the 23-year-old doesn’t seem to be a wise move for Wolves. Instead, they should look to strengthen other key areas and improve the squad depth.