McClaren – He’ll Soon Be Creating Chances And Scoring Goals

The fourth player brough in by Steve McClaren this season was Florian Thauvin, although we were surprised that Remy Cabella was sent the other way on a season long loan deal with Marseille, and they have the option to buy the player for around £7M.

Apparently the decision on Cabella had already been made before Steve arrived at Newcastle in early June.

Florian Thauvin

Florian Thauvin when he arrived at Newcastle

Steve McClaren seems to be a good and thorough coach, and in the last two league games he had every single player giving 100% and the team looked organized against Manchester United and Arsenal.

We really should have got more than a solitary point out of those two games – but we didn’t.

Florian has already made three appearances for Newcastle and he has one goal and three assists that he picked up in the League Cup against Northampton Town.

So he’s made a decent start to his Newcastle career,  and he looks a good player who has a lot of skill, and is  good from dead ball situations.

Steve McClaren has been talking about his new player, and he was asked if Florian knew he would have to track back on defense:

“That was one of the first things I did say to him.” “It’s not just about playing with the ball, you have to do your job.”

“But he’s played under Marcelo Bielsa who is a demanding coach.” “He demands all of his players defend and work hard off the ball.”

“So he is used to that.” “It’s up to him now – but we certainly believe he’s got the potential.” “He has a great left foot and he is creative too.”

“But he’s still very young and playing for the French U-21s.” “He’s come here and he has a determined attitude to really do well.”

“We will play him in his best position, get him delivering crosses and assists and scoring goals.”

“We are all having to learn a little bit of French, just to communicate but certainly with the French players we have here I can say every player is working well here with a good attitude.

“It’s coming together well and helping Florian and all of the new players bedding in well.”

Thauvin could be on his way to being a really big player for the side, and he seems to be physical enough that he should be able to settle down fairly quickly.

One of the areas Newcastle have been weak in – as well as in defense – is in set plays – and that’s one area we are  hoping Florian can help make huge improvements in.

And the young Frenchman seems to be a hard worker and stays behind after the training sessions to practice on his free kicks and corners – it seems like he’s a perfectionist.

That’s a good sign – practice makes perfect.

Our next game at West Ham is an important one, and Newcastle will have to start picking up some wins, and to win we have to score some goals.

We haven’t scored in a league game since the first game against Southampton.

Florian will be a very important player for us this season, and we hope he can set up the chances with his crosses, corners and free kicks and score some goals too.

Doing all that at Upton Park a week on Monday would be (very) good.

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65 comments so far

  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 5, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1


    I’d be quite happy with mid table but a marked improvement in the brand of football played, something to build on for our “long term project”. Still hoping this will come, all it’s been so far is

    Start the game slowly
    Concede the initiative to the opponent
    Backs to the wall defending

    The only change from last season is the lack of hoofball, however this means we are now gifting possession back in our own half rather than theirs!

    I have more faith in the clubs ambition to do things the right way, just waiting for that to be transposed onto the pitch.

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    The last thing the club needed was this international break .

    Preseason everyone looking at the fixtures was thinking this break was just what would be needed , but it hasn’t turned out that way , we have lost crucial momentum , and the disruption to training schedules is a nightmare.

    McClaren must be really frustrated.

  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    So Dummet’s injured now?

    Hey ho, this is where not strengthening our defence in the summer window’s coming home to roost.


    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Feel for Dummett but if he was to be put in ahead of Haidara it’s a blessing in disguise. I think he’s poor at LB far better at CB, the team is setting up to have attack minded overlapping full backs and Dummett can’t do that

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t like the international break either but we didn’t have any real positive momentum however you gild
    1. No shots on goal in 2 games
    2. Two losses
    3. Two draws

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Mbemba is playing tomorrow in Bangui 5000 miles away.
    The Central African Republic is a war zone ffs I hope he comes back safe .

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Angels not gilding anything.
    Can you not see an improvement since Swansea against Man U and Arsenal ?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    “We will play him in his best position”

    That alone is refreshing to hear from a Newcastle manager for a change.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Momentum? Haha. We had no momentum. More organised defending when backs were against the wall does not constitute momentum.

    This break is frustrating, but it gives the team time to focus on areas we have been lacking in. Namely controlling the midfield much more effectively. Hopefully we start to see that in the next few (relatively) easier games.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Bonjour mes amis. Checking in from near Carcassonne in France – last day of my fortnights holiday and back to a cold North East tomorrow.
    As previously suggested Ed’s poll should have had a further split between 10th and 17th as I would have been happier predicting a placement of between 12th and 17th position.
    On other matters I see Jib/Jeff is getting a bit cocky on the blog – and that he’s been Googling on the geographical front and has mentioned Bangui.
    Jib – you will have seen associated with Bangui the letters CAR – this does not refer to a type of automotive transport – as in a car called a Bangui – but it is an abbreviation for the Central African Republic.
    Speaking to a French Toon supporter the other night who was asking about Maccas bwave new world and what it meant. I told him I didn’t know despite asking to which he exclaimed with a Gallic shrug of the shoulders “Monsieur -who writes zeez shyte.”
    Anyway back home tomorrow.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t listen to these people and pundits that claim teams like Man U will finish top 4 because they have spent big and have great squads, I think Man U have a crap defence , worse than ours , and they only really have Rodney up front , yes they do have some very good players but he has spent a lot of money on some strange players in my opinion. Liverpool look a very poor team, no forwards, an average MF , time has caught up with Southampton. Arsenal still want to pass it into the net , crap forwards. Chelsea will come good, Jose just needs to get past his melt down, man c look the real deal, the next best team ov seen is Swansea, they have been progressing since Monk took over, I see them top 4 this season, spuds have looked very random so far,

    the thing I’m getting at is that these teams have the same coach as last season , our team is on a steep learning curve , they will get better .

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Well I lot a fire under Ian Toon, bobbybee and Jeff the groupie and didn’t even hang around to warm my *+se on it. Ho hum maybe next time. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Lit a fire. The autocorrect vendetta continues.

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Are you having a stroke ?

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Aahh the old autocorrect excuse 😉

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Was that meant to be strike, jeff?

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #17

    That’s taking some Googling that is. 🙂

    Anyway my retort to all that is :-

    Pardew was proven rubbish and hung around because it was good money and he has no pride.

    Ashley is a proven shark, can’t be trusted, but I presently give him the benefit knowing he can revert to type in a click of the fingers.

    The end.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    37Ian Toon // Sep 4, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Tsunki- I had to revert. You could argue that given Ashley’s lack of financial ambition that Pardew took us as far as he reasonably could. Pardew was “successful” at Newcastle. For me Cabaye was the most influential player in Pardew’s time particularly with the French contingent and his sale without a comparable replacement flawed our attempts to contest a top four spot. Some investment in the team at that time could well have had us kicking upwards instead of stagnating. But selling our best player in January and not replacing him sent out a message to the other players that the club lacked ambition.
    Furthermore, Pardew constantly withstood massive criticism and flack that should have been directed at Ashley. This did nothing to take his job of managing the players any easier. I would suggest this was the general outside nufc view of his time at the toon. Although clearly he remains an unpopular figure within our fan base.

    For me It was no mean feat managing the toon. A club that for 60 years has not won a domestic pot to pee in. Mind losing to the mackems so often does stick in the craw.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Shame we didn’t sign Austin. He would have banged a few in.

    Ed. any updates on the chances of him signing in January?

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    You can address the other half a dozen when you can find the time.
    Or are you going to treat me with disrespect ?

  • Belfast

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Cmon who voted for the top four ? Own up ! 🙂

  • Belfast

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #22

    I reckon 12th though an injury crisis on the scale of last season could throw a spanner in the works.

  • Belfast

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    This is now an Austin free zone !

  • davetoon

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #24

    I thought Sissoko had a good game for France, sat fairly deep and used the ball well and did his share of the defensive work

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #25

    I did 😎
    I bet you aint surprised

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Belfast- Morning. We didn’t want Harris and Orville to dry up!

  • BandB

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27

    What are you since Ibizatoon left the brat pack Belfats?
    Jilted John?

    “She is a b*tch. He is a p*ff,
    Yeah Yeah! It’s not fair!”

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #28

    I thought the grouping was Me , Ian , Bobbybee , and Welshie which could make us the Marx bros. – I prefer more intellectual humour.

  • Bambams

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Boys there is such a mixture of feelings/beliefs on the blog these days.

    Let’s just get to Christmas and see how we are doing. If not good, nitro not available, Thauvin not up to scratch or Mbemba struggling – we can then act in the window.

    I for one will give Mac his ‘Three Windows ‘ and see where we are then.

    SAF took five years before his first trophy.

    Glass half Full

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Whoops Brenda’s back – lashing out at everyone with her handbag.

  • BandB

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Glass half full and glass half empty sums up this argument.
    To sides arguing over the same phenomenon.
    Supporting a football club is not a moral or ethical choice that makes you a better person .
    Honestly, it isn’t.

  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #32


    “Can you not see an improvement since Swansea against Man U and Arsenal ?”

    Not really, no. Our only half decent premier league game was against Southampton and that was the first one. We barely got out of our own half against Man U or Arsenal so I’m not sure what massive improvement you are seeing. If it’s the throw yourself in front of the ball and hope for the best defending then we had that under Carver & Pardew.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Pompey, Caeser and Crassus will become forgotten men as the second triumvate of Ian Toon, Jib and welsh reign supreme !

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Certainly preferable to using ” arrested development type(s)” language to a fellow toon fan who probably thought you were just calling him a moron!

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #35

    BandB………. Good day to you, how’s yer fettle the day lass?

  • BandB

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #36


    Can you remind me who you are again?
    Are you a friend of Bobbybee?

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #37

    You obviously learned your debating style off B and B.
    Nice little inclusion of the word “massive ” which I didn’t use.

    With regard to the performances.

    Each to their own I guess.

    I was heartened (not massively note) by our performances away at Old Trafford and against Arsenal with 10 men for 78 minutes.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #38

    No Ian you’re right the disrespect is probably to be avoided.

    My post above really sums up how I feel about the points raised. I know Pardew was hamstrung but he was also happy to be on the payroll. He also managed to use the same team and tactics to get a run of wins and a series of dreadful losses, I think his win percentage and record setting are unassailable pointers to his inability. What he’s doing now may suit him to a tee, but in years of service here he couldn’t even get us to defend, something many league one teams accomplish against pl opposition.

    As for Ashley he is what he is. I am wary. Like the Japanese greeting, I bow, but my gaze never leaves the recipient.

  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Mr Tuff

    You’ll find the weather a tad cooler than that you’ve enjoyed in Carcassonne – a lovely little place!

    I thought the blog had been trouble free for a couple of weeks but now you’re on the way home……..


  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #40


    You must pay attention……

    The only friend Jib has is Jane


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