Florian Thauvin admits lack of experience after red card on Marseille return

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The winger recently left Newcastle United on loan.

Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin’s season went from bad to worse when he was sent off just 10 minutes into his first match back at Marseille, and he has been talking about the incident in comments posted online by French newspaper L’Equipe.

The 23-year-old only arrived at St James’ Park in the summer but he failed to make his mark in what has been a tough season for the Magpies, and after just 16 appearances for the club he headed back to France for the rest of the current campaign.

Thauvin previously featured 81 times for the Ligue 1 club, scoring 15 goals and providing 18 assists in the process, so he would have been hoping to rediscover his best form following his return.

Instead he was sent off shortly after the hour-mark against Montpellier for a sliding tackle that prompted a straight red card.

Speaking after the game, Thauvin told reporters, “I would have clearly liked for it to go a bit better for me but the team won and that’s the main thing.

“I think that you were able to see that I was bursting with desire, but it’s a lack of experience on my part.”

Thauvin’s desire to hit the ground running is understandable after he was quickly branded a Newcastle flop in some quarters.

But he now has the rest of this campaign to prove the doubters wrong…and potentially even play his way back into contention at Newcastle further down the line.

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