Grading Newcastle’s summer signings: Thauvin gets E

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Newcastle United signed Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Ivan Toney and Florian Thauvin in the summer transfer window.

Georginio Wijnaldum - B

Georginio Wijnaldum was superb for PSV last season and was expected by many to take the Premier League by storm this term.

The Netherlands international midfielder has probably been Newcastle’s best player so far this campaign, but he has not been at his best.

The 24-year-old, who has scored two goals and created 10 chances in eight league appearances, has shown plenty of energy, drive and technique.

Aleksandar Mitrovic - C-

Aleksandar Mitrovic arrived at St. James’ Park in the summer with the reputation of being one of the most promising young players in Europe.

Although the Serbia international striker played relatively well against Chelsea and Manchester City, he has been largely a disappointment.

Mitrovic has been sent off already this season and he needs to work on his temperament, but he does work hard on the pitch and fans can expect him to grow as the season progresses.

Chancel Mbemba - C

Chancel Mbemba has done relatively well for Newcastle so far this season and has been consistent for the Magpies.

The DR Congo international defender has won 13 headers, six dribbles and 24 tackles, and has also created one chance.

Mbemba, though, has made one error which has led to a goal, and he needs to avoid such a situation again.

Ivan Toney - N/A

The 19-year-old forward has played just 13 minutes in the Premier League for Newcastle, and it is too early to judge him.

The youngster has done well for Newcastle’s Under-21 side, and it is only a matter of time before head coach Steve McClaren uses him more regularly in the first team.

Florian Thauvin - E

Florian Thauvin had a very bad season at Marseille in 2014-15, and he is having an even worse time at Newcastle this term.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder simply does not look like a Premier League player and is struggling to do much.

The Frenchman has created just three chances in five league appearances. Thauvin needs to step up his game.

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