Florian Thauvin has found life tough in the Premier League and after looking good in the first few games of the season – especially in the League Cup tie against Northampton Town – he has fallen away.
Of course it hadn’t helped him that Newcastle are a team struggling again in the Premier League.
But on Saturday when he came on after 71 minutes he looked quite good and put in two beautiful crosses that were asking for a Newcastle player to get on the end of – and head the ball home for the winner.
Florian Thauvin – coming in from the cold?
Steve McClaren has said Florian was brought in over the summer because of his crossing ability and while he’s had a disappointing start to his Newcastle career, there’s still time for him to come through as he acclimatizes to the Premier League.
We’d love for Florian to come through for Newcastle this season.
McClaren was complimentary about the young Frenchman when he talked to Sky Sports:
“I have to say the first game against Northampton in the League Cup, I thought he was outstanding. But he has just not kicked on. Some players are like that. They give you that then they dip. Some don’t then come.”
“I see definite signs of his adaptation in the last few weeks, certainly in terms of training and certainly on Saturday. When he came on, he was excellent.”
Thauvin has so far played 10 times for Newcastle with one goal and three assists – and that goal and assists came in that game against Northampton when he looked great.
If he can start showing the form we know he’s capable of he could help Newcastle climb the league table in the second half of the season.
That’s what we are hoping for.