Newcastle completed the signing of Florian Thauvin this week.
The former Newcastle star said: “He was very relaxed and could move the ball well, he’s a playmaker. Where he plays eventually for Newcastle we will see. They played him on the right at Marseille. A lot of people – myself included – feel he could be a number 10, but you have to get him on the ball.”
Thauvin, 22, is predominately a right-winger, but is able to play on both the left and as a number 10 as well.
He was usually utilised in his natural role for Marseille, and although Waddle believes he should play in the centre, it is hard to see how Steve McClaren could fit him in.
Georginio Wijnaldum has started his Tyneside career as the central attacking midfielder, whilst Siem de Jong is a natural playmaker. Neither are effective in other roles, although Wijnaldum can also feature slightly deeper, meaning Thauvin is unlikely to be a first-choice if playing in the centre.
This means he is sure to feature on the wing, and he seems to the natural replacement for Gabriel Obertan on the left side.
Moussa Sissoko takes up the right side of the field, but Thauvin prefers to play on the right and cut in on his left foot.
Thauvin’s signing adds real depth to the Magpies squad, and gives McClaren a real selection headache for the campaign.
He should be a first-choice with all the talent he has, but it remains to be seen if he is utilised in his natural role on the right, or whether McClaren believes the youngster is better suited to the left, or as Waddle wishes, the coveted number 10 position.