Liverpool are about to face perfect Adama Traore transfer alternative who could copy Gini Wijnaldum – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool are unlikely to be making big-money moves this summer – but the links with several big players have not gone away.

One such name that has been mentioned over the past few months is Wolves winger Adama Traore, the Spaniard who has notched four goals and nine assists for his side in the Premier League so far this season.

But Traore’s price-tag is said to be at least £70 million – an extortionate figure designed to put off potential suiters.

On Sunday afternoon, though, Liverpool could well be coming up against the next Traore.

Allan Saint-Maximin, the 23-year-old winger, clearly has plenty of talent, and he has shown consistently in his first season in English football, having arrived at Newcastle from Nice for £16 million last summer.

The Frenchman’s three goals and four assists do not tell the full story of his season to date, with his true potential much more impressive than that.

On the Analysing Anfield podcast, Josh Williams said: “Newcastle are a team who really embraces counter-attacks and Saint-Maximin is a player who the numbers won’t really capture.

“They could sit in a low block for 90 minutes and the only times they get out could be him on the break.

“Because of what he can do on the break, he can turn one useless attack into something really dangerous by beating a few players.”

David Hughes added: “I really like him – he’s a little bit raw and the final ball isn’t always there but he is up there with a Traore at Wolves.

“He hasn’t got the physical strength but I do really rate him. He is only 23 and I can see him making a bigger move in a year or two.”

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Saint-Maximin has been impressing Newcastle United fans, too. On the Behind Enemy Lines podcast, Newcastle Fan TV’s Sam Mulliner explained that the winger’s unpredictability and creativity makes him a Magpies’ favourite.

Mulliner said: “Saint-Maximin is the kind of player Newcastle fans and even neutrals just love in a black and white shirt.

“He is charismatic, enigmatic, and if he could find some consistent end product to his game, you are going to have a serious player on your hands.

“He has got bags of potential. The ball can just stick to his feet, he can dribble forever and he is brilliant to watch.

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“Sometimes that end product is lacking and comparisons are drawn between him and Adama Traore at Wolves last season when he could run with the ball but didn’t have end product.

“It bodes some similarities to ASM but he is Newcastle’s biggest threat and he is pretty much their only outlet because he is so quick.

“If he is fit and raring to go on Sunday, that’s the player that Liverpool have to keep their eye on.”

Even after the match has finished, Saint-Maximin could be a man that Liverpool continue to watch.

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