'Dream signing': Some Chelsea fans excited after £16.5m star linked with Stamford Bridge move
Chelsea supporters on social media were mainly in agreement that they would love to recruit Newcastle United trickster Alan Saint-Maximin.
According to Calciomercato, the Blues have been joined by Liverpool and Everton as the Premier League outfits who want to sign Saint-Maximin.
The extravagant Frenchman only arrived on Tyneside two years ago in a £16.5m (BBC) move from Nice.
He has rapidly built a reputation as one of the division’s finest and most fun performers.
A winger addicted to bamboozling opponents, the 24-year-old is gloriously enjoyable to watch.
How’s Alan been getting on?
Repeated injuries reduced the head-band-wielding wide-man last season, but his powers have been restored this term.
Already with two goals and three assists to his name, Saint-Maximin is making up for lost time.
Perhaps hypnotised by his dazzling feet, Chelsea have apparently been lulled into wanting to buy the Newcastle forward.
A transfer that fans of the Champions League holders would seemingly not turn down.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
Yes, Pulisic is never fit, Kai is inconsistent, Timo can’t compose himself, Ziyech is lazy and CHO has no end product. Yes we should get him.— Mendy_Hive⭐⭐ (@Tocreed1) September 28, 2021
Yes but depends on the price— 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚟𝚘𝚘𝚘🥤 (@surennnn11) September 28, 2021
I love that baller! Get him🔥— ɖɛʀɛӄ🔸 (@iam_DKD) September 28, 2021
I’m on my knees, Chelsea don’t bottle this.— Dave #28 (@Carefree_Dave) September 28, 2021
We’ve no baller since 2019 😢
lowkey could be a sick signing 👀— 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚟𝚘𝚘𝚘🥤 (@surennnn11) September 28, 2021
GET IT DONE— David (@DavidCFC70098) September 28, 2021
Taking it to the Max-imin
There is certainly a sense around the footballing community that Saint-Maximin’s abilities belong at a club further up the rankings.
Despite Newcastle’s historical standing, they are not the powerhouse they once were.
Steve Bruce’s side haven’t won a top-flight match since the final day of last year.
Scrapping for mid-table supremacy is not something the talents of Saint-Maximin deserves.
But would he be a good fit at Chelsea?
Followers of the Blues have longed for a twinkled-toed attacker to fill the shoes Eden Hazard left behind in 2019.
So on that basis, the deal would make sense.
However, Thomas Tuchel does not play with wingers – preferring either wing-backs or inside forwards.
Saint-Maximin may have to change his approach slightly to fit in with the system, which might limit his mazy dribbles.
And where’s the pleasure in that?
He would also need to compete with an array of international superstars, some who are struggling for a game themselves.