L’Equipe previously reported earlier in July that the Magpies were desperate to get a deal over the line for the 22-year-old this summer, while Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder shared that a £20million deal was possible for Newcastle if they wanted it.
Upon seeing Maximin suggested as the Magpies’ next signing of summer, Lake implied he didn’t want Steve Bruce’s side to sign him as he branded him a busy fool with no end product.
“He’s a busy fool this guy, never produces end product,” wrote Lake via his verified Twitter account.
It seems Lake, who found fame on reality television, does not want Saint-Maximin to arrive at St James Park in the next few weeks, and it’s understandable why. The 22-year-old may have found the net five times in his 2018/19 campaign across his 36 outings, but you feel a potential £20million attacker should be scoring more than that. Saint-Maximin only averaged a goal every 485 minutes, as per the BBC, which is notably worse than former Magpies attacker Joselu, who was recently shown the exit, last season as the Spaniard averaged a goal 296 minutes (Source: BBC). Also rather worryingly, defensive-minded midfielder Sean Longstaff averaged a goal every 489 minutes last season, and that’s awfully close to Saint-Maximin’s ratio and he’s meant to be an attacking threat. Saint-Maximin clearly got himself in enough promising positions to score more as well, as he fired 53 shots a goal last season, yet it’s rather telling that only 36% hit the target. So when you consider that, then maybe Lake is right to have his doubts about the Magpies considering signing the 22-year-old.