Thauvin was announced as a new signing for manager Steve McClaren earlier this summer and he seems to be settling in well to the pressure of representing one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.
His ability to be effective from set pieces seems to be something which will create beneficial spells in Newcastle’s season and he’s explained that it’s an area of his game that he’s constantly working on.
“I work very hard every single day to try and achieve the perfect free kick – and I don’t stop until I have got it right,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“Since I was a kid, free-kicks have been something I have worked at. I love to go out there and have the ball at my feet. Even when training has finished I like to stay behind and do as much work as I can, just hitting free kicks.”
Points make prizes
Thauvin isn’t going to score a massive volume of free kicks over the course of the season, but if he can find the back of the net with a few efforts then it should make a telling difference for his side.
If he can secure the side a point or maybe even help them to sneak a win with a well-placed effort then all of his hard work and effort on the training field will be worth it.
Where McClaren needs to be careful is ensuring that the player doesn’t over train, but he’s certainly an example that the boss will be encouraging others to copy.