Newcastle New Boy Is Made Of The Right Stuff

There’s been some good news over the last couple of day about our new signing Florian Thauvin, and that is that he stays behind after training to practice those free kicks – much like Yohan Cabaye and Ryan Taylor used to do when they were at Newcastle.

Practice makes perfect – as they say – and we’ve been impressed with Florian’s attitude since he arrived at Newcastle, and he has showed good form in the short time he’s played for the Magpies.

florian thauvin arriving for arsenal game

Florian Thauvin arriving for Arsenal game
Is this a classy guy or is this a classy guy?
We assume his shoes are highly polished too


Certainly his starting debut against Northampton was something to remember – with a goal after three minutes and then three assists for Newcastle’s other three goals.

We have to remember it was a League Two side, but still his crossing was extremely good, and the 22 year-old seems keen to improve his game.

Florian was brought into Newcastle by Steve McClaren because of his crossing ability,  and also because of his creative play.

The Frenchman will now take all the set plays for Newcastle,  so it’s good that he’s got the right attitude and willing to work hard on the training pitch.

This is what he has said in the Mirror:

“I work very hard every single day to try and achieve the perfect free kick – and I don’t stop until I have got it right.”

“Since I was a kid, free-kicks have been something I have worked at. I love to go out there and have the ball at my feet.”

“Even when training has finished,  I like to stay behind and do as much work as I can, just hitting free kicks.”

Florian Thauvin looks to be a very good signing for Newcastle, and one player who can certainly attest to that is Mike Williamson.

mike williamson head home from thauvin northamtpon

Mike Williamson heads home Thauvin’s cross – that was easy!

Mike hasn’t found scoring goals easy at Newcastle, but Mike scored his second goal in over five and a half years for Newcastle against Northampton,  as Thauvin put a perfect cross over for Mike to head home.

It even made Mike look like a natural goalscorer!

Florian seems to be made of the right stuff, and certainly he has the right attitude and is willing to work hard on his game.

World class players – like Lionel Messi and Cristian Ronaldo – come about  when they work very hard behind the scenes to get the very best out of the god-given abilities they have been blessed with.

With that in mind, Florian has a decent chance to become a Newcastle great in the future.

We hope that’s exactly what happens.

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