Newcastle boss Steve Bruce wants Allan Saint-Maximin to emulate Wolves' Adama Traore

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce wants Allan Saint-Maximin to emulate Wolves' Adama Traore

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce believes Allan Saint-Maximin can learn something from Wolves' Adama Traore as he grows as a Premier League player.

Saint-Maximin has already shown that he can dominate in English top-flight football since joining the Magpies from Ligue 1 side Nice in the summer of 2019.

As the Magpies take on Wolves on Sunday, Bruce urges the 23-year-old to learn from the Wolves' impact man as a guide going forward.

“They’re both very similar, explosive pace, outstanding pace. Traore looks as if he’s matured over the last two or three years," Bruce said via FourFourTwo.

"In particular, he’s matured his final pass, his final delivery, his all-around consistency.

“From where he was two or three years ago, you can see the development in him, and that’s got to be the same thing with Allan too.

“They’re both very, very exciting to watch, both on their day are match-winners and certainly Traore – over the last couple of years in particular – is starting to fulfil that potential which we’ve all seen for the last few years.”

Newcastle finished 13th on the Premier League standings last season and Bruce is hoping his side can move at least two or three more spots up on the log.

Bruce certainly believes that the Magpies can compete on the same wavelength as Wolves who have managed to maintain their top-flight status since they were promoted after a six-year hiatus.

He said: “That’s certainly got to be the aim. They were the best team I’d seen in the Championship for donkey’s years. They were an incredible side and when you looked through them, you did wonder how they were all playing in the Championship.

“Fair play to them how they’ve done it. How they’ve got the players they’ve got, you can only ask them, but certainly yes, we aspire to be up and around where Wolves have been for the last two or three years.

“Whoever is in the top 10, that is what we try to aspire to and try to get there. That’s got to be our aim.”

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