Joey Barton certainly seems to think that French U21 International Florian Thauvin is a good buy for Newcastle.
The 22-year-old was one of four senior players who Newcastle signed in the summer for what Lee Charnley has said was £52.6M in net transfer fees.
Florian was signed for around £14.5M from Marseilles.
Florian Thauvin – an exceptional young player
In his first start for Newcastle against Northampton Town in the League Cup tie last week, the Frenchman scored after just three minutes, and he then brilliantly set up the next three goals in Newcastle’s 4-1 win.
This is what Barton has told BT Sport:
“I think it is a fantastic bit of business for Newcastle to get Remy Cabella out and get Florian Thauvin in.” “Thauvin is the next big thing in French football.”
“It didn’t quite materialize for him at Marseille – the fans turned on him a little bit – because I don’t think he lived up to what they thought he could be.”
“This club, Newcastle, is a great place for him to show his talent.” “I think he’s an exceptional young player.”
Joey Barton signed for us in the summer of 2007, at around the same time that Mike Ashley bought the club, when Sam Allardyce had just been appointed as the new manage to replace the sacked Glenn Roeder.
The midfielder stayed on Tyneside for four years until the summer of 2011, when he signed a very lucrative contract with QPR, after Newcastle didn’t want any fee for him, even though he had one year left on his contract.
Joey has signed on at Burnley now, but it seems that when he finally hangs his boots up – he will have a good career in the media, where he will continue to make news – just like he’s done throughout his football career.
And he’s never been short of opinions either.
We hope Thauvin is a great hit at Newcastle, and it’s a decent likelihood.
It would also be good if Joey can help Burnley come straight back into the Premier League next May.