Florian Thauvin was again pursued by Newcastle last summer and it turned out to be third time lucky for us because we had been after him a couple of times before – starting with when he was at Bastia in January of 2013 but moved to Lille before then surprisingly moving to Marseille the following summer.
But when Thauvin was signed in August – it was well received by Newcastle fans – although we wondered how a player like Thauvin could make the grade on Tyneside when Remy Cabella has failed miserably the previous season.
Florian Thauvin – wasteful signing by Newcastle?
Florian and Remy are the same kind of build and have kind of similar skills, although Florian was apparently brought in because of his ability to cross a ball – according to head coach Steve McClaren – who didn’t have much to do with the signing.
Those skills were shown off well in the League Cup game against Northampton Town when he scored one and had three assists, but he hasn’t been able to produce that form in the Premier League.
The deal Newcastle finally struck with Marseille was to pay out £12M plus loan out Remy Cabella to them to get Thauvin – and they had to buy Remy once he made 12 appearances for them.
Remy’s done that now and the permanent transfer will take place in January – rumored to be for £6M.
So Newcastle have essentially paid out £6M and Remy Cabella to get a player who looks like failing as badly as Remy Cabella did last season.
That’s not looking like a good deal – at least at the moment.
You have to ask how people like Graham Carr – who had been after the player for years – could explain why he thought Florian would succeed where Remy had just failed.
That was always the worry with bringing Thauvin in, although we still hope he can make it on Tyneside.
And Thauvin also had a poor season for Marseille last term and it was a risk that looks like it may not pay off.
And it seems like another case of Newcastle failing to learn from previous mistakes.
We really do hope for Florian’s sake and for the sake of Newcastle that he can come through – but at the moment it’s not looking too good.
Newcastle have had some brilliant transfers since Graham Carr joined us back in February of 2010 – with signing players like Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Davide Santon, Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Daryl Janmaat and Ayoze Perez.
But we’ve also had the ones that failed like Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and Remy Cabella.
With six of those failures being Frenchmen, Newcastle are now looking at countries like Holland, Spain, Germany and Belgium for new recruits.
What do you think?