Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin uses his dog in inventive way to show off at home

Footballers being confined to their homes means they have had to come up with creative ways to both keep entertained and fit at the same time.

Allan Saint-Maximin managed to combine the two by practising his skills in his back garden, using his dog as his opponent.

Not many players have been able to stop the tricky Frenchman in the Premier League this year, as he has averaged 4.4 dribbles per league game this season, and his pet was no match for him either.

It shows the winger is still capable of having fun despite being locked in doors, and given the success he had he could probably pull off such a trick for hours on end.

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Posting the video on social media also gives fans an opportunity to interact with the 23-year-old, who has maintained an entertaining online presence since arriving at St. James’ Park, exampled by the time he mocked a Sunderland supporter.

Hopefully we get to see more of that type of content from Saint-Maximin in the lockdown period, and perhaps his teammates could also get involved to prove who the best is.

Either way, as long as he comes back fit and healthy then there is plenty to be positive about, as he has impressed fans so far.

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Craig Hope provides Newcastle update that could severely hinder summer transfer activity

There has been plenty of talk about a possible takeover in recent days but the more pressing issue is Newcastle’s immediate financial future.

We saw earlier this week that the club was placing non-playing staff on furlough due to an inability to pay wages, and that could have long-term drawbacks.

The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope has provided an update in regard to that, confirming that our scouting team has now been shut down, with staff in that department likely included in the contingent that will be placed on furlough.

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It will be interesting to see what type of role Steve Nickson has in the foreseeable future, too, as he remains the club’s the head of recruitment.

The only positive from the news is that summer targets have reportedly been identified, showing that Steve Bruce knows exactly what he wants in order to improve the areas of weakness in his squad.

That gives others the opportunity to work on bringing players in who the manager wants, rather than seeking other targets without Bruce’s knowledge.

There is a big downside, however. If the club fails to add those reinforcements then we are in danger of becoming desperate or adding players who are not good enough to improve us.

Hope suggests further work on analysing reported targets will no longer be possible because of the lack of people working, and that means we could trudge into unknown territory when it comes to recruitment.

As a result, while we face short-term difficulty there could also be repercussions felt over the forthcoming months and possibly years if the club is burdened with players who fall beneath the required standard.

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