Is Florian Thauvin the new Remy Cabella?

Newcastle Utd - Gate

The Newcastle United signing is already drawing heavy criticism.

Florian Thauvin already has a problem at St James' Park. For all the tuxedos he can proudly flaunt, the 22-year-old has shown a worrying lack of anything near as stylish on the field of play.

Newcastle signed the Frenchman for £12 million this summer, as reported by the Daily Mail, but he's looked well short of a £12m player so far this season.

The biggest issue, though, is that the Magpies were in exactly the same position this time last year - with Remy Cabella.

Soon after Newcastle's 2-1 loss to Watford, Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson slammed Thauvin, labeling him 'awful,' 'lightweight' and highlighting his lack of end product and creativity.

And the Cabella comparisons already began among supporters in the comments section on HITC Sport, with one calling for him to come back to St James' Park instead of Thauvin and another questioning why he was offloaded if his replacement is suffering the exact same problems.

Should the Frenchman have been kept on Tyneside after spending a season to acclimatise - instead of just creating the same problem with their replacement?

It seems bizarre at best in terms of a transfer strategy. Unless the 22-year-old can sort himself out and make a success of his time at Newcastle. But that's already looking like an uphill battle.

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