'You can see': Newcastle's Allan Saint-Maximin shares how he feels after playing against Chelsea
Newcastle United’s talisman Alan Saint-Maximin admitted he relishes taking on the Premier League’s elite calibre clubs like Chelsea on a regular basis.
Speaking to the ChronicleLive, the fancy Frenchman bracketed the Blues amongst the top flight’s top opponents.
Saint-Maximin deserves better
In an alternate universe, Saint-Maximin would be playing for a team challenging for titles and European places, such is the 24-year-old’s undeniable quality.
A move to the higher echelons of the table might be just over the horizon, but for now, keeping Newcastle afloat remains his number one goal.
The Magpies want to be flying with the other big birds in the country as they did in the not-so-recent past.
Following a sudden influx of financial support, the Toon Army are expecting the good times to roll around the corner once again.
However, their new signings have more been about survival, rather than breaking apart the league’s hierarchy.
The resources are there to build a squad of similar stature to Chelsea, yet the perilous position Eddie Howe finds himself is probably preventing a certain type of player from walking through the gates at St. James’ Park.
It’s brilliant playing the Blues
Although, whilst Saint-Maximin remains part of the team, Newcastle have every chance of climbing the ladder and securing a different batch of class.
“I am sure the club want to do the best, they want to have the best team we can possibly have,” said the box-of-tricks attacker.
“That’s what the supporters want too. It’s important to all of the players too.
“You know when you play against really good players, you enjoy that more.
“You can see when we play against Arsenal, Manchester or Chelsea, the feeling is: ‘This is the best league in the world’.
“It’s a really big feeling. To play against these teams and win, you need really good players with you.”
Newcastle and Chelsea challenging for the top billings
Good players are exactly what Newcastle need right now to avoid the drop.
But their transfer activity appears to be crossing paths with Chelsea.
Both sides have been linked to the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Niklas Sule this month, names not usually associated with the black and white striped camp.
Usually, the European champions would waltz past Newcastle to these particular deals.
Yet, owed to their wealthy owners, beating the Blues to Dembele or Sule is a serious possibility.
They are the type of ‘good players’ Saint-Maximin describes that could drag them out of trouble.