There’s no doubt that Florian Thauvin has real ability – it’s his temperament that was suspect after he joined Newcastle last August.
Florian didn’t last six months at Newcastle before he returned on loan to Marseille in January after having a rather miserable six months on Tyneside.
But the lad has shown some character in returning to Newcastle for preseason training and he deserves credit for that and seems to have got stuck in and is training well.
Florian Thauvin training in Ireland last week
Before he arrived back on Tyneside on July 1st, he also said in the French press that Newcastle had handled him with understanding and had always been professional in their dealings with him.
The 23 year-old played in the second half against Bohemian on Saturday in Dublin and scored a nice goal from an excellent Rolando Aarons left-wing cross and he looks fit these days.
Rafa Benitez has talked about the talented Frenchman and has praised his ability today in the local press;:
“All of them done well, but he has quality.” “He can score goals and get assists and I always knew that.”
“Now it is a question of him and the others of continuing to work and giving their best in every training session.”
“After that, we can decide what we do.”
We have no idea if Florian will play any part in the upcoming season for us.
But it’s possible if Rafa likes what he sees that he could send Florian on a season long loan deal and then bring him back next summer when Newcastle are hopefully back in the Premier League.
Florian is a flair player much like Ben Arfa and he’s good in a winning side, but struggles when things get tough for the team.
Rafa talks to all of his players all the time so he will have had a talk to Florian during training and he will know where he stands.
Florian may be sold this summer or sent out on loan, but it would be a shock if he stayed on Tyneside to help us in the Championship next season.
But it would be good if he did that and would get some of the fans back on his side.
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