Alan Shearer says Newcastle’s Florian Thauvin is not working hard enough

Alan Shearer is critical of Newcastle United attacking midfielder Florian Thauvin.

Alan Shearer has written in The Sun that he is not happy with the way Newcastle United attacking midfielder Florian Thauvin has been playing this season.

The former Newcastle striker believes that the 22-year-old, who joined the Magpies from Marseille in the summer transfer window, is not working hard enough.

“Florian Thauvin is a young boy and it can take time for players to get up to speed with the Prem,” Shearer wrote in The Sun. “He’s had one good game — against League Two Northampton in the Capital One Cup.

“There is no excuse for a lack of work rate and, from games I have seen, he hasn’t been past enough people, got enough balls into the box or had enough shots.”

Thauvin has been disappointing so far this season and is not meeting the expectations of the Newcastle fans at the moment.

The French youngster has created just three chances in four Premier League appearances so far this season, and that is far from ideal.

The former Bastia man’s main job in the team is to create chances, but at the moment he is failing to do that.

However, one must remember that Thauvin is only just starting to play in the Premier League and had a poor season for Marseille in 2014-15.

The former France Under-21 international is talented, and perhaps it will take some time for him to adapt to English football.

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