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More Proof This Youngster Still Has A Future At Newcastle

8:19 am, Thursday, December 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

It’s got to be very difficult for a 22 year-old to come to Newcastle and play in a team that is not playing well and is again flirting with relegation for the third time in the last four seasons.

But that’s what has happened to Florian Thauvin who we know is a good player but who has become lost at Newcastle over the last few months.


Florian Thauvin – in action against Aston Villa

But Steve McClaren has brought him on as a sub a few times recently and on Saturday he looked good and put in two fantastic crosses that came to nothing through no fault of his own.

The expensive £13M summer signing started his career well and he showed us initially what he can do – and his display against Northampton Town in the League Cup was sublime and brilliant.

And while we think Florian was a luxury we couldn’t afford and he plays too much like Remy Cabella who had just failed on Tyneside – we are also very happy to be wrong about that sand see the young Frenchman become a big success at the club.

Steve McClaren knows the lad has lots of ability as he said this in the Chronicle:

“I was so pleased for Florian,” “That’s what we expect of him and want from him and I thought he did it great – two great crosses.

“He’s been getting stronger, working harder in the gym, and he’s been showing it in training, coming on for little cameo appearances and doing very well too.”

“You know I’m the first one who wants to see him in the team because he’s one of those exciting players who can score and create for you.”

“Definitely he needs to keep whipping those balls in for Mitro, and then he can be a real impact player for us going forward.”

“He can make things happen, and that’s exactly what we need, so I’m so pleased for him and it’s about kicking on.” “Our whole squad must contribute.”

“As you say Florian came on, I thought he was excellent – he gave us a different dimension.” “Certainly he put two cracking crosses in. You need a squad.”

“It’s a bit depleted at the present moment but we need every player over the next 10 days, definitely.”

It’s sometimes difficult for will o’the wisp players like Florian to star when things are tough at a club – especially at Newcastle – but once we can get a little success, as Steve says – he can change things for Newcastle.

Certainly when he’s on his game he’s just the kind of player Newcastle fans love to watch and he’s already shown us he can be a great player when he’s at the top of his game.

We hope Florian can start coming through in the games ahead, and certainly we haven’t given up on the lad at all – not by a long way.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 24, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Of course he has a future here. He has to be given far more of a chance then he has been. He never really convinced me in France, but he has not been given a fair crack of the sip here yet to be written off.

  • 2 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 24, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    am i the only one who is getting fed up of mc clarens obsession with sdj. does he not realise he is slow and that the team look better without him and perez playing.against lpool and spurs we only scored when he was not on the pitch.

  • 3 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    That’s bordering on a toonbotherer style statement, saying we only improved when SDJ came off. it’s a bit selective and doesn’t tell the story of a terrible game. We also had more control of the match in the first half when Perez and mitrovic were on the bench. Doesn’t mean anything.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 24, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    It appears I’ve scared everyone off with my essay on the midfield…..

    Thauvin should start against Everton, although I’d be okay with Perez starting there as well. I would also play Mbabu right back and Janmaat right mid. Mbabu to counter Kone’s physicality, and Janmaat because he is our best crosser of the ball. If I was Lukaku I’d be looking at peeling off Mbemba and Colo to attack the back post where Janmaat is from Delofeu’s balls in – Mbabu can help there as well. It also means we have extra support defensively when Baines pushes forward.

    That means 3 of Gini, Colback, Anita, De Jong and Sissoko. Going against what I said in my afore mentioned essay, I’d give Sissoko the chance to prove he can be dominant in central midfield and task him with forcing Barkley into coping with Sissoko’s powerful runs through the midfield. Probably Gini in number 10 role as I think he will offer more than De Jong who will be negated by McCarthy and Barry. Gini will ask more questions of them with his running. Has to be Anita after that as he is more capable covering the full back which we will likely need against Delofeu.

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