22 year-old Florian Thauvin hasn’t had the best of times in France over the last two years at Marseille, and last season was tough for him, and the player hasn’t scored a goal in 16 matches – the longest dry spell in his career and his form last season was up and down.
That was in the French League, and we all know how much more difficult it is in the English Premier League, because of the more physical type of play and generally higher standards.
Florian Thauvin – a Newcastle player today?
Florian is similar in style to Remy Cabella and the left footer usually plays on the wing, although he can also play in the number 10 role.
But Newcastle are essentially exchanging Cabella for Thauvin, and the Marseille loan deal is similar to the one we agreed with Roma for Davide Santon in January.
Once Remy plays a stated number of first team games for Marseille (it was 10 for Santon), the deal will automatically be triggered – termed a compulsory purchase order by La Provence.
The deal is probably close to £7M for Cabella – so Newcastle are expected to get back what we paid Montpellier for him last summer.
But with Thauvin’s form being inconsistent last season and Cabella finding life difficult in England, the chances are that Thauvin could also find things tough.
And we are basically exchanging Cabella for Thauvin plus around £6M, so it’s not like we are getting a completely new player added to the squad.
When you think how poor the defense has been at Newcastle, you have to wonder if the money would have been better spent on bringing another top defender to Newcastle.
And the press in France are saying the Thauvin deal is a (big) gamble by Newcastle.
We would have rather seen somebody like Monaco’s center-back Aymen Abdennour brought in – if we could broker a deal for the impressive Tunisian International.
On Monday La Provence reported that once Newcastle got Thauvin in, they would make a move for Abdennour.
If that turns out to be true most fans would be very happy.
The Thauvin move could be more of a luxury for Newcastle, at a time when we have other obvious weaknesses in the team that could (should) be plugged.
He’s a player Newcastle fans will like, but he’s not going to help out our sub-standard defense.
What do you think?