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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