Alan Shearer told BBC's Match of the Day 2 that he is 'still waiting' for Newcastle's Florian Thauvin to make an impact this season, whilst highlighting the performances of Andre Ayew and Dimitri Payet.
Shearer's former club are still without a Premier League win this season after a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday, where the Magpies defence allowed Sergio Aguero to score five goals.
It was the first glimpse of goalscoring ability from summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, but fellow new arrival Florian Thauvin has yet to really get his career in England started.
The 22-year-old arrived from Marseille this summer in a part-exchange deal for Remy Cabella, with Newcastle hoping that the Frenchman would enjoy more success than Cabella on Tyneside - yet so far, he's yet to notch a goal or an assist in the Premier League, becoming an anonymous figure in recent displays.
Conversely, Thauvin's former Marseille team-mates Andre Ayew and Dimitri Payet have made sensational starts in the Premier League. Swansea summer signing Ayew scored his fourth goal of the season with a fine header against Newcastle, whilst Payet also notched is fourth goal for West Ham with the equaliser against Sunderland.
Ayew, Payet and Thauvin all left Marseille this summer, but Newcastle went with Thauvin - a decision which so far hasn't paid off. Now, Magpies legend Alan Shearer has highlighted Thauvin's struggles on Match of the Day 2, comparing his impact to Ayew and Payet.
"There's [Ayew], there's Payet and Thauvin who all left Marseille," said Shearer. "Payet and Ayew have done very well, and we're still waiting for Thauvin, aren't we?" he added.
Ayew was available for free whilst Payet cost a similar figure to Thauvin, yet Newcastle went with the potential of Thauvin over the proven quality of Ayew and Payet. It's still early days, but it so far looks like the Magpies may have made a mistake by signing the wrong Marseille playmaker.