With the Saudi takeover of Newcastle United going through over the summer, much change was expected at St. James’ Park. Although new manager Eddie Howe got off to a poor start at the club, recent results would be more to the new hierarchy’s liking. Since, their 4-0 loss to Man City in December, Newcastle are unbeaten in the Premier League and have also managed to climb out of the dreaded relegation zone.
Undoubtedly, the new signings have been key to the turnover in form, especially their marquee signing Kieran Trippier. While the England right-back has faced injury issues restricting his appearances to just 4 games in the league, he has offered Newcastle much need solidity and experience down the right flank in attack and defence during these few games. Moreover, he has also scored 2 goals, both coming from direct free-kicks against Aston Villa and Everton.
With the quick move from Atletico, the cameo appearances and unfortunate injuries, all in all, it’s been a wild ride for the Englishman in the past 2 months and the player has opened up about it all in a new podcast with local Toon supporter and YouTuber, Brian Davis alias True Geordie. Alongside addressing his story at Newcastle, Trippier also gave his insights on fellow teammates of which the flamboyant Allan Saint-Maximin was whom he had the most praise to offer.
True Geordie has had other sports personalities, mostly American on his podcast before and he also regularly streams football matches with other collaborators. When he asked Trippier what ASM was like in training, this is what the Englishman had to say:
“I don’t even know how to explain it. Honestly, he’s mental even in training… (When in training) I just stand off him. (One time) we were doing like a possession (drill), it was like a 6 v 6. He had the ball and he’s just gone past everyone. Everyone’s literally trying to get the ball off him, I’m diving in trying to tackle him…honestly, I’ve never seen anyone like him before.”
Toon fans would be loving this involvement of new recruits from the Saudi takeover with ones of their own such as ASM and would be expecting them to carry the club further up the table this season.