Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has taken a swipe at winger Allan Saint-Maximin, claiming the Frenchman hasn't broken a sweat since signing his new six-year-deal at the club last month.
Speaking on Match of the Day after Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea at the weekend, the all-time Premier League top scorer was understandably upset at his former side’s fortunes, and chose to take aim at the players as well as the management at the club.
Club captain Jamaal Lascelles also came in for criticism, as Shearer called for him to stop demanding protection from his midfield, before taking aim at Saint-Maximin, who he accused of not breaking a sweat since signing an improved six-year contract in October.
Saint-Maximin is undoubtedly one of the Magpies’ best players, and started this season in fine form, scoring one goal and registering one assist in his first three games. Since then though, he’s tailed off poorly, and is struggling in a new formation under Steve Bruce.
Against Chelsea on Saturday, Saint-Maximin had just one attempt on goal and made just one key pass, whilst he lost possession on 13 occasions as Newcastle crumbled under Chelsea’s pressure.
Shearer also called for a more positive approach, something that fans have been clamouring for for weeks after becoming exasperated with Bruce’s safety first approach.
Hopefully Shearer’s words will be heeded, with Newcastle languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table after nine games.