Florian Thauvin reported back to training just over two weeks ago like any other Newcastle player – apart from Moussa Sissoko who played for France until last Sunday in the Euros – and as far as we can tell Florian has trained well and looked happy enough back in training.
And he came on and played in the second half yesterday in Newcastle’s 6-0 win over Bohemian in Dublin and scored one of the four second half goals in what looked like an excellent team performance from Newcastle.
Florian Thauvin has been training well – shown here with Matt Ritchie
Thauvin tapped the ball in at the far post after a good left-wing cross from Rolando Aarons, who also scored himself in the second half.
Manager Rafa Benitez was asked if Thauvin had any future on Tyneside:
“I think they have to try their best in pre-season, and after, we will decide. It depends on the offers. It depends. We will analyse each case.”
There are a number of players that include Thauvin who have uncertain futures on Tyneside and they also include Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat and Tim Krul and their futures will be decided depending on what kind of offers Newcastle get for them this summer.
If the bids meet the valuation placed on them by Rafa then they will be sold and replaced.
In Florian’s case Marseille want him on loan for the season and there has been some interest from Lazio.
If either club can pay his full wages he will go out on loan or else it could even be a permanent deal if any club can come close to the £13M we paid for him last summer from Marseille.
The future of these five players could be an unsettling thing for the squad if the uncertainty continues through the end of August.
Newcastle showed yesterday they already have a strong squad, even if we lost all five players, but Rafa would probably like to keep most of the five to have the squad super strong.
We’re not sure whether that would include Florian.
And Rafa didn’t hive too much away with those statements either.