Once again, Tottenham Hotspur have failed to break into the Premier League’s top four. It was always going to be difficult, but that will be the target again next season. One player that has been linked – via the Daily Mail - with a move to try and to help them to fulfil that ambition is Olympique de Marseille’s Florian Thauvin.
It has been a difficult few months for the former France under-21 international, but after returning to the pitch on Sunday, he looked happier in the mixed zone and expressed to the journalists (per Maxifoot) that he would be staying at OM this summer.
He said: "Me, I did not say anything at all, I stayed in my corner. People have talked to me, but I did not say anything. I'll be at OM next season."
There is little doubt that the relationship between Thauvin and president Vincent Labrune is still contentious. It is thought that the leaders at the club would still favour his departure, if an offer of around €20 million was put to the club.
Thauvin started when Lorient came to the Stade Velodrome and beat Marseille 5-3, with the winger removed at half-time by Marcelo Bielsa. Subsequently he was left completely out of the squad for the away trip to Metz.
It was a surprise, because despite his poor performances, Bielsa had kept faith in him throughout the season. He was brought back into the squad for the game against Monaco on Sunday and played 27 minutes off the bench.
At this point it is hard to fathom what Spurs have seen from the winger this season. His goal production has dropped from eight to five, and his decision making has left a lot to be desired.
Spurs, if there is genuine interest, will be hoping to find that potential that everyone still hopes the 22-year-old possesses. However, €20 million is a lot to pay for potential alone.