Burnley midfielder Joey Barton explained on the Transfer Deadline Day show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 1) why Florian Thauvin failed at Newcastle United.
Thauvin joined Newcastle from French club Marseille in the summer of 2015, but he returned to the Ligue 1 outfit on loan for the rest of the season in the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old winger was expected to be a success in the Premier League, but he struggled badly.
The former France Under-21 international managed to just 13 appearances in the league for the Magpies this season.
Thauvin failed to score a single goal, created five chances, had a pass accuracy of 70% and a shot accuracy of 20%, and won two headers, 11 dribbles and six tackles.
Barton, who played for both Newcastle and Marseille (on loan), has a theory why the Frenchman failed in the Premier League.
“It’s just the ruthless nature of our game,” said Barton on the Transfer Deadline Day show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 1) when asked why things did not work out for Thauvin in England.
“If you are not good enough within the first couple of weeks and you don’t hit the ground running, you are almost deemed a failure and gone.
“I am as surprised as anyone by him because I played against him in France when he was at Bastia on loan, and I thought he was exceptional.”
Newcastle are third from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 21 points from 24 matches, two points behind 17th-placed Norwich City.