There’s news in France that Florian Thauvin is expected to become a Marseille player again today – and it looks like he still wants to go on loan and back to his former club through the end of the season – he is even willing to take a pay cut to do that.
But if Florian does make the move today he’s basically given up on Newcastle and the Premier League for that matter – and it’s hard to see him ever returning to Newcastle or even the Premier League.
Florian Thauvin – gave up too soon at Newcastle
This seems a monumental error by Newcastle in the transfer market and Steve McClaren had rightly wanted the player to stay, even though he had found things very difficult in the first six month at Newcastle.
Whenever you move to a new club and another country it’s always (very) difficult, but time heals all wounds so to speak.
It’s uncomfortable and even a bit scary when you move to any new job – even more difficult when that job is in another country – and it takes some time to adjust.
There was also the chance also that Newcastle’s fortunes would improve as we have brought in some good players this month.
But as soon as Andros Townsend was signed by Newcastle earlier in the week we had promised Florian he could make the loan move to Marseille – if he still wanted to do that and didn’t want to give it another go on Tyneside.
Newcastle will take a hit in terms of the finances and £13M was always a high price to pay for a player who had a poor season last term in the south of France.
Florian is a skillful player and just like Ben Arfa before him – it would not surprise us if he rekindles his career in France – and even goes on eventually to become a regular French International.
But playing in the tough Premier League is a much bigger proposition for any player and we think the 23 year-old gave up on that possibility too soon.
Maybe he should have seen out the season and then made the decision.
After all it does warm up when April and May arrive in Newcastle.
Anyway we can imagine how difficult it’s been for the youngster – so hopefully he can start to get his confidence back this season in France.
Florian’s expected to sign a loan deal today until the end of the season with Marseille – according to reports in France.
What happens in the summer we have no idea – maybe a loan deal at Marseille for next season?
What do you think?