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This Player Could Be Coming In From The Cold

3:13 pm, Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

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.

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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    To be fair in that game V Northampton he played on the right, since then he has come on as a sub on the left.

    Put him on the right and give him a fair crack of the whip to see what he can do.

    Don’t get excited Tsunki it’s only a figure of speech, 😀

  • 2 Bambams // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    He worries me that he is neither physical or quick.
    In my opinion you need at least one of these to do well in this league

  • 3 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Would like him to go into left wing against Everton he is willing to track back and is dangerous going forward means Dummett can just focus on defending as he will probably need to do a lot of it means we can switch play as its getting predictable just Sissoko and Janmaat doing the attacking all game

    Would then move Wijnaldum into the middle 3 with Anita and Colback

    Then for playing up front anyone of Mitrovic , Perez or De Jong to start the game with the other 2 as subs

  • 4 WWSBRD // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Is our bench particularly cold like? Lads adapting pretty well so far he will probably be close to Cabellas level when he left by the summer

    Nice to see Perez sounding like he appreciates Newcastle…still be a Spurs player within 12 months I bet though

  • 5 WWSBRD // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Are u suggesting Dummett has been concentrating on something other than defending?

  • 6 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:29 PM


    Well funnily enough against Spurs and Liverpool I thought Dummett was good mainly because he hardly went past the half way line

    Against Villa he looked all over the place and I think its because he was being asked to provide the width and attack which he is just not comfortable doing

    Thauvin could allow him to keep his position a bit like good old Danny Simpson now at Leicester he rarely passes the half way line and just lets Mahrez strut his stuff in front of him

  • 7 WWSBRD // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Mate I don’t recall a single attack coming from our left until Thuavin came on. Dummett is scared of leaving our defensive 3rd and Gini is the invisible man most of the time

    I don’t blame Dummett btw, quite like him but not at LB

  • 8 geordie157 // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Start thauvin out left, with wijnaldum partnering anita possibly in the middle, colback moved to the coldo the bench.

    Maybe sissoko central, wijnaldum right

  • 9 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Lcbp, wwsbrd, hopefully that’s the way it will stay with Dummett. For too long now we’ve indulged fb’s who want to to to but haven’t the skills to execute anything, except leaving themselves stranded forward. We need proper wing men who don’t have to waste their attacking energy nursemaiding useless defenders.

  • 10 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Want to to to = want to go forward. Pfft.

  • 11 WWSBRD // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Am not totally against that but I don’t think Dummett can defend like a FB either mate

    And tbf maybe we are both behind the times, I struggle to think of a modern day FB who has excelled without having an attacking threat, Neville says as much in his book he trained himself to offer something going forward because that’s where the game was heading

  • 12 JamesToon // Dec 23, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    For Everton I’d play:


  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Dec 23, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    A bit of blog nostalgia there Tsunki only recognised a couple of names tgere still posting. You have the likes of Jibberish blaming petty squabbles for the drop in popularity but there was always petty squabbling. The reason there aren’t so many posters these days is because Mikey has ran out of supporters, while he had people thinking he had great plans for the club there was lots of room for both healthy and unhealthy debate, now that it has been unquestionably proved that he doesn’t care one iota about the footballing side there’s nothing for them to say, of course you’ll get a few coming out of the woodwork when he spends a few quid but they soon slink away again. Says everything about Mike Ashley when his biggest fan is the sneering, bigoted and obnoxious gaff ridden boor Jibberish from Benwell.

  • 14 WWSBRD // Dec 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    The lack of footballing progression has done its part too because, let’s be brutally honesty, there’s very little joy to be had supporting Newcastle

    Even the good things are tainted these days

  • 15 The Newcastle Armchair // Dec 23, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Lads, I’ve got a leadership and management assignment and I’m doing it on the organisational structure and how it has changed at NUFC.

    Any points of change yous know that I can refer to?

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Dec 23, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Newcastle armchair,
    I can tell you Mike Ashley hasn’t changed and is never likely to!

  • 17 Belfast // Dec 23, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Any eggnog left Jail

  • 18 Ron Knee // Dec 23, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    He could have had a job for life under Charmless:-

    “Under-fire Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal answered just three questions before bringing a news conference to an abrupt halt on Wednesday.

    The 64-year-old Dutchman was unhappy at being asked about his future following speculation that he could be sacked.”

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Dec 23, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Not had a drink for three weeks but when I get off this dilapidated rusting hulk in about an hour and a half…….

  • 20 Mag52 // Dec 23, 2015 at 4:56 PM


    To be fair to Dummett, I think he knows his own limitations.
    He’s not an attacking player, he’s a defender, and I’ve always felt that we saw the best of him in central defence during the few games he had there some little while ago.

  • 21 toon kk // Dec 23, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Dumbest certainly has limitations, he should be playing in the championship.

  • 22 Llort muw // Dec 23, 2015 at 5:18 PM


  • 23 Our Toon // Dec 23, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Dummett is perfect for the championship, he’s not even good enough to play CB.

    Jamestoon as much as I’d like to see another LB, Colback playing in that position against Delefou and Coleman is a recipe for disaster. We will get tonked if colback plays that position. He already picks up yellows for fun, he’ll be walking off after 25 mins with the threat from del boy

  • 24 bills-son // Dec 23, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Haven’t been on for a while so don’t know if this has been discussed …

    What does Wini do except score?

    He disappears for long periods of nearly every game, rarely tracks back or gets a tackle in and isn’t a great crosser (along with Sissoko) which means Mitro gets very little service from wide.

    Wini is clearly a very good player but he either isn’t in his best position or/and he is still adjusting to the Prem.

    Thauvin imo needs a run of games and I think one of .Mac’s biggest decisions is how to bring Thauvin in and where to play Wini.

    There is no doubt he is a very good player but he needs to start

  • 25 Our Toon // Dec 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Bills son

    He’s still adjusting to the prem, and look at his goals and where he comes alive, the lad is playing out of position and it’s clear for all to see

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