He Showed Us What He Can Do Last NIght

Steve McClaren has talked about the game last night and one highlight was the form of new signing Florian Thauvin and his ability to cross the ball.

He put in some great crosses last night and it looks like he will now be our taker of free kicks and corners, and he started off by getting on the end of a great cross by Massadio Haidara, and scored his first goal for Newcastle after just 3 minutes.

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Florian Thauvin – great game last night

Steve McClaren has been impressed with what he has seen from the 22 year-old so far:

“To get almost 27,000 was a great crowd.” “The fans have probably gone away – like me – and been pleased with the attacking side of it.”

“There were some great deliveries and that is going to be vital.” “You can have people who are the best at heading in the world, but it’s no good if the delivery isn’t right.”

“Florian can score and assist and he showed what he can do.” “It was a relief.” “This was always going to be a difficult game.”

“We started well and should have had three or four before half-time.” “We started well in the second half and overall it was a professional job.”

“It’s nice win and score a few goals.”

We hope that Florian Thauvin is ready to start for Newcastle against Arsenal on Saturday, and he’s already played a couple of games for Marseilles so he seems up to speed as far as fitness goes.

Florian can be a real threat against the Gunners on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

138 comments so far

  • corkypants

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    we dont want to play to high against arsenal it will leave space behind, but at the same time we cant be as deep as we were against man u as they will play through us it will be interesting to see how we set up!!!!

  • coolsmurf

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    this post is incomplete with a video!


  • Toonfan8

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    I wonder if this Jordan Ferry rumour has something in it, he is exciting prospect from Lyon and seems to be one of the missing pieces in our team…
    missing pieces—strong CB
    cover RB
    DM player, with mobility and strong tackler
    quick forward….
    this has to be sorted in this and next transfer window and we have great team…

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Liverpool defended deep against them in the 2nd half and Arsenal struggled to get through them. I was surprised how they lacked width on Monday night. I reckon they will look to widen their approach play on Saturday and wont be so narrow when attacking.

  • Bambams

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Mac said when he arrived he wanted to set his team up ’10 yards’ further up the pitch. Hence one of the reasons we have the pacey Mbemba.

    A tall commanding CB
    Cover at LB
    Strong DM

    All in all its been a better window than we ever thought would happen, if we are honest.

  • corkypants

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6


    liverpool have the back four to get away with sitting so deep we dont,

    they hardly ever play wider novo buddy dont no why either they have the pace they always try play through middle, even when they play a game that uses there wingers there still quite narrow.

    which back four would you use think i would keep the same as man u

  • barkel

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Same back four is a good shout, Mbemba can deal with the pace better than Janmaat. I’d really like to see us attack them from the off, they’re too used to teams sitting back and trying to catch them on the counter attack

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8


    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Haidara

    Sissoko anita colback thauvin



    That’s the team I’d start against arsenal

    Subs: Darlow, Saylor, sdj, perez, cisse, Tiote, Dummett or lascelles or aarons depending on fitness or any niggles in the side.

  • Slank

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    I’ve read the match reports and Aarons is hardly mentioned.

    Can anyone who was at the match tell me how he did ?

    Also, how did Goofy perform in his unaccustomed role of midfielder ?

  • spaghetti bandit

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Rife on the French twitter regarding ferri,, they seem to think he’s away here but would like to receive closer to 10 mill for him,, can honestly say I don’t know alot about him and haven’t seen us linked,, anyone fancy telling me what he’s about,, someone was liking him to a young cabaye n all the Frenchis saying we getting a great player??

  • Slank

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    OneAlanShearer @ 8

    Your team picks itself. It’s probably our strongest side.

    I wish there was a place for Perez as he always looks dangerous and works so hard for the team.

  • deeps

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Yea he’s like a young Cabaye.. Good on the ball and deadly on set pieces

  • DaraghL

    Aug 26, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Looked up ‘Ferri Lyon’ as I know nothing about him. First article was that he signed a new deal in July.

    Another centre mid?

  • spaghetti bandit

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Try vic de santa on Twitter or ferri lyon airport,, apparently he was spotted there last nite and on train to Newcastle??

  • toon kk

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    S mc will have us set up against Arsenal to sit back and try and catch them on the break, otherwise they’ll pass us off the pitch.

  • spaghetti bandit

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Loads of French tht a can’t be bothered to Google translate but theres plenty about it

  • nut meg

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Here’s a clip from you tube

  • DaraghL

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Spag –

    Not disagreeing with you. I can see the other news but the fact that he just signed a contract and is another centre mid leads me to question the validity of the twitter reports.

    Maybe playing Gouffran yday made SMc realise he needs one more CM.

  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Hello all,

    Well, that’s a new experience.

    Strong team, a good win, good crosses, set pieces and a Williamson goal.

    Is Thauvin the horse?

    A home game against Wednesday in the next round. Nice stuff.

    Hopefully we take some confidence in to the PL. Not getting carried away by a good win against lower opposition, but it’s a welcome break from the normal knock out.

    …Williamson scoring a goal. Whatever next?

  • Tuttelbom

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20


    Janmaat Mbemba Saylor Haidara

    Thauvin anita Wijnaldum Perez
    De Jong

    That would be my pick of a team against Arsenal.
    Might slot in Sissoko aside Anita and push Wijnaldum, up instead of De Jong.

  • DaraghL

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Let’s be honest Colo will be playing. He would be in any 11 I would make aswell.

  • anthc

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #22

    Aarons was off his game imo. Tried too hard at times and sharpness wasn’t quire there. A few games will hopefully sort that but from what I saw it can see why obertan gets the nod ahead of him at the minute. Gouffran has went back drastically since we signed him. Although out of position last night he was average at best. Last else’s also looked a bit dodgy at times too. His touch was sometimes poor and he was a bit too casual at times.

  • spaghetti bandit

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Re daraghL
    Nah a know mate a thought th same but thinking of it we have tiote anita colback in the centre and none of those 3 are what you would call dynamic spreading forward passes

  • anthc

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #24


  • Whumpie

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #25

    Delighted with last night. The win – obviously, the style of play – lots of attack. Thauvain – everything we’d hoped and lots that we needed (albeit against lower-league opposition… but still). Lovely work from lots of players; wonderful skill from Aarons to set up the 1st goal, great crosses from Hairdryer, and even a Cruyff turn from Willo! Maclaren – nailed it again, and kept us a fresh 1st 11 for the Arse game.

    All in all – nice job, people. 🙂

  • toon1707

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #26

    Aaron’s in my opinion was poor last night I was glad he got a start as he always looks dangerous but last night I think he had a bad night got tackled almost every time he got the ball hopefully a one off as like I said he normally looks

  • toon1707

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #27



    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #28

    Surely if this Ferri was on en route there would be photos of him at the airport then on the train…why not a direct flight though?

  • geordiejp

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #29
  • toon kk

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #30

    Aarons needs game time, going off last season we always seemed a better side with him in it.
    time Tiote was shipped oot.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #31

    Nothing that happened last night could have convinced me that we’re not in deep sh1t when it comes to defence, though. Unless Maclaren has a magic “make Willo good, Colo consistent and Taylor not a twat” wand, I don’t see how we’re supposed to get through a campaign without shipping a record number of goals.

    Again – hoping to be proven wrong! The club has already spent a lot more than I thought they would, so…

  • JamesToon

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Thought SDJ played well last night, pinging the ball around getting into good positions, hopefully he’ll get some starts soon

  • hibbit

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #33

    whumpie your not wrong mate the back 4 is lacking in cover and quality the issue needs to be addressed quickly

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 26, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #34

    Jordan ferri is a tenacious midfielder. Means Tiote is leaving?

  • Sazzer

    Aug 26, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Jordan Ferri is a deep-lying playmaker with great distribution. Interesting being linked with him but I would be suprised if Lyon end up selling him.

  • Sazzer

    Aug 26, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Lyon have been linked with possible replacements like Lucas Silva and Darder.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 26, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #37

    We are desperate for a player in Ferri’s mould as Anita and Codback are so limited in what they offer. We need someone who can ping balls and switch the play quickly and also can hit a shot from distance. He really does look the part but its been rubbished by some sources 🙁

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 26, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #38

    I have no doubt Carr is after him and will know him well but Lyon are difficult sellers they also know we have money to burn!!!

    We need a deep lying play maker who can tackle and pass so many times in the first few games where if we had someone with vision and ability to switch the play we would have cut Man Utd open many times because their right hand side was wide open

  • Graeme

    Aug 26, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #39

    LCBP – Is this guy our Cabaye replacement then? Or is that Toe Van?

  • hibbit

    Aug 26, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #40

    are we in for this guy or is this just another red herring ??


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