Rob Lee shares concern over Newcastle's new signing Florian Thauvin

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The former Magpies midfielder is uncertain as to how well the former Marseille winger will adapt to English football.

Newcastle United today confirmed the signing of French winger Florian Thauvin, via the club’s official website.

The 22-year old joins from Marseille on a five-year deal with Remy Cabella going the opposite way on a season-long - with an obligation to buy if certain criteria are met.

Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee has shared his view on the club's new arrival and feels his lack of Premier League experience makes him a risk, despite his physical qualities.

Writing on Kicca, Lee said: “From what I hear Marseille’s Florian Thauvin definitely has the pace to make it in the Premier League but can he handle the physical side?

“The lad tipped to leave Newcastle United as part of the Thauvin deal - Remy Cabella - certainly couldn’t. Cabella was a bit of a lightweight and just didn’t get going. He will be no real loss if he does leave the club.

“I obviously hope Thauvin is a success but he’s not proven in the Premier League and that is always a worry.”

While there is usually an adjustment period of some sort, for foreign players entering the English game, the French league isn’t a million miles away from the speed and physicality of the Premier League.

The fact that Thauvin’s dribbling ability and pace stood out in a league full of powerful athletes is a good indication that his transition will be smoother than the departed Cabella.

The former Magpie never possessed the raw pace and athleticism of Newcastle’s new signing, and could never adjust to the English game.

Fans will be itching to witness the wingers famed mazy runs and could get the opportunity at Old Trafford this Saturday should Steve McClaren opt to throw him into the deep-end.

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