It’s safe to say that Florian Thauvin has been a failure at Newcastle United so far this season.
The French attacking midfielder joined Newcastle from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in the summer transfer window and was expected to be a replacement for Remy Cabella.
Thauvin’s start to his Premier League career has been far from encouraging, and many will question whether he should even feature in Steve McClaren’s starting lineup anytime soon.
The 22-year-old has yet to score a goal in five Premier League appearances, and has created only three chances.
The youngster has a pass accuracy of 70% and a shot accuracy of 33%, and has won four dribbles and two tackles.
But is it a huge surprise that Thauvin is struggling at the moment? Probably not. Should Newcastle have signed him in the summer? Probably not.
The main lesson Newcastle should learn from the Frenchman’s struggles is that they should not sign a player who has just had a horrible season.
Well-respected French sports paper L’Equipe considered Thauvin’s performances during the 2014-15 campaign so bad that they included him in their Ligue 1 worst team of the season (click here to read more).
The former Bastia man scored five goals and created 53 chances in 36 Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille last season.
The youngster had a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 34%, and won 19 headers, 82 dribbles and 36 tackles.
Thauvin seems to have just carried his poor form from last season to the 2015-16 campaign, and Newcastle are the big losers.
Although Thauvin has potential and could come good as the season progresses, Newcastle should have signed someone else on better form and more established than him.