Tottenham should not make the mistake Newcastle did with Florian Thauvin

Florian Thauvin

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window.

According to Marca, Tottenham recently made a formal offer of £22.8 million (€30m) to sign the Colombia international striker.

Atletico have allegedly turned down the bid, and it remains to be seen if Spurs make a second offer.

But should they?

Martinez is a good striker - he has proved that with FC Porto - but he is in terrible form at the moment.

The 29-year-old was expected to be a star in La Liga when he joined Atletico from Porto in the summer of 2015, but he has been a huge disappointment.

The former Independiente Medellin star has scored just two goals and created only nine chances in 14 La Liga appearances so far this season.

In four Champions League games for Atletico, Martinez has scored one goal and created one chance.

It is clear that Martinez is in poor form, and Tottenham would be wise not to go back for him with a second and improved bid.

In the summer of 2015, Newcastle signed Florian Thauvin, a 22-year-old talented winger.

There is no doubt that the Frenchman has quality and potential, but he endured a terrible 2014-15 campaign with Marseille.

The youngster scored five goals and created 53 chances in 36 Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille last season.

The former Bastia man had a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 34%, and won 19 headers, 82 dribbles and 36 tackles.

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 youngster simply carried his poor form from last season to the 2015-16 campaign, and Newcastle must now be regretting signing him.

Tottenham should learn from the mistake Newcastle made with Thauvin and not sign Martinez, who is likely to carry his poor form in La Liga to the Premier League.

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