Steve McClaren believes Florian Thauvin is one of the most talented young players in Europe.
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has been rather bold in his assessment of latest Newcastle signing Florian Thauvin, who he suggests is one of the best young players in Europe.
Thauvin, who had been on the Magpies' radar for the past 18 months, finally put pen to paper on a five-year deal earlier this week after the two clubs agreed to a deal that saw Remy Cabella head on loan in the opposite direction.
Following his latest acquisition, Magpies head coach McClaren - who also arrived at the club this summer, having been sacked by Derby - revealed his genuine excitement about securing the signature of the talented Frenchman.
"He is a player the club has been watching for a long time and I am delighted that we've signed him," he told the Daily Star.
"He is a perfect signing, someone who is young, with great potential, who plays in a position we have been looking for."
"Florian will get the fans excited by scoring goals and putting goals on a plate for his team-mates."
"He certainly has the potential and capabilities to do."
"He's one of the best young players in Europe and now he needs to develop and get into the senior French team."
The Frenchman made two league appearances in the current campaign for Marseille before completing his switch to St. James' Park.
During this time, he emerged as his club's most creative player, fashioning seven key passes and completing six take ons.
At 22-year-old, Thauvin is a player who possesses fantastic potential, but he requires the manager to quash his fiery temperament, thus channelling his ability.
Magpies manager Steve McClaren, who evidently holds the player in high-esteem, will be hoping to succeed in doing just that.