Newcastle signed Florian Thauvin from Marseille over the summer for around £12M – and it was a surprising signing and essentially in part exchange for Remy Cabella – who is currently on loan at Marseille.
But it was seen by many fans as a strange signing since Cabella and Thauvin were of the same build and fairly similar in their playing styles, and if Cabella didn’t make it why did Newcastle think Thauvin would make it?
Florian Thauvin – in action at Old Trafford
Cabella has now played 9 times for Marseille and once he plays 12 games the deal is automatically made – and Remy would be transferred to Marseille permanently in January – that’s going to happen.
The fee is said to be around £6M – half of what Newcastle are paying for Thauvin.
Steve McClaren did say the reason Newcastle signed Thauvin was for his crossing ability and we saw some of that that skill in the early games, but he’s not been able to retain his first team place and like Cabella is inconsistent when he plays.
Florian has made 7 appearances for Newcastle with one goal and three assists but they came against Northamtpon Town in the League Cup which we won 4-1.
There’s a report in Mercato365 that suggests that his time with the Magpies could already be coming to an early end, but there’s no way this lad will be leaving in January.
First of all it’s far too early and with Newcastle coming into some form now (hopefully) then it will be much easier for Florian to find his feet on the pitch.
The other thing is he cannot leave in January and play for another club, because he’s already played for two teams and would face the same restrictions Ben Arfa faced last January at Nice.
Ben Arfa had already played for the Newcastle U21 side and Hull City and that was two clubs according to FIFA, which was simply ridiculous – a Newcastle reserve side shouldn’t have counted – but the Frenchman was not allowed to play at Nice until this season.
Ben Arfa also seems to be making up for lost time this season at the south of France club.
But we certainly haven’t given up on Florian and he’s a talented player and also seems to have the right attitude.
He needs to be supported and it’s up to Steve McClaren and the rest of the Newcastle coaches to start to get the best out of him.
That’s very possible.
What do you think?