Burnley midfielder Joey Barton suggested on the Transfer Deadline Day show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 1) that Florian Thauvin would have been a success at Arsenal.
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.
Barton, who played for both Newcastle and Marseille (on loan), believes that the 23-year-old French winger would have been a success in the Premier League had he joined Arsenal.
“I think if he had gone to, say, Arsenal where the manager allows the players a season to develop, learn the culture, learn the language, he would have been successful,” said the former Manchester City midfielder on the Transfer Deadline Day show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 1).
“Newcastle need instant results, need players who can hit the ground running, and he just hasn’t done that.”
Thauvin was expected to be a success in the Premier League, but he struggled badly. The former France Under-21 international managed to make just 13 appearances in the league for Newcastle this season.
The former Bastia man 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.
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.