Amanda Staveley says she’s ‘honoured’ to have one Newcastle star at the club

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Amanda Staveley is a big fan of Newcastle United’s star man (Credits: PA)

Amanda Staveley, part-owner of Newcastle United, says the club is ‘honoured’ to have Allan Saint-Maximin, describing the exciting winger as ‘special’ and ‘unique’.

Staveley watched on Sunday as the Magpies suffered defeat in their first game since the takeover by the Saudi Arabian-led consortium which Staveley is a part of.

Saint-Maximin could do little as Newcastle fell to a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, but Staveley is a big fan of the 24-year-old and he is likely to be one of only a handful of players unlikely to be replaced when the new owners start splashing the cash in the transfer market.

Asked by L’Equipe if Newcastle would be building their team around the Frenchman, Staveley said: ‘I don’t want to comment on this at this time. What I can just say is that he’s special, unique: he’s a very talented star.

‘We are honoured that he plays for Newcastle.’

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Allan Saint-Maximin has been one of the few bright sparks at Newcastle this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Saint-Maximin has been impressive since arriving at St James’ Park from Nice in 2019, although Newcastle chiefs will be hoping for more goals from him this season after managing just three in each of the last two seasons.

Defeat to Spurs left Newcastle 19th in the Premier League table and looking set for a relegation battle this season, although it is clearly early days after just eight games.

Significant investment in the playing squad is going to come from the new owners, although Staveley has played down expectations of a spending spree in the January transfer window.

‘The January transfer window is not the best time,’ she said. ‘The best window is always in summer. Our objective is to invest at all levels: we will recruit for the first team, but also for the women’s team, the youth teams.

‘We want to improve our infrastructure and our training.’

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