Florian Thauvin hits back at Alan Shearer

Florian Thauvin

Florian Thauvin returned to Marseille on loan from Newcastle United in the January transfer window.

Newcastle United-owned winger Florian Thauvin has told L’Equipe that he was unfairly criticised by club legend and TV pundit Alan Shearer.

Match of the Day pundit Shearer criticised the Frenchman for wearing a tuxedo to the Premier League game between Newcastle and Watford at St. James’ Park on September 19, 2015.

“In England, at each home game, you need to come to the stadium in a suit,” Thauvin told L’Equipe, as translated by Get French Football News. “It is the tradition.

“But on that day, Alan Shearer violently criticised me by saying that I was making myself out to be someone that I wasn’t even though I was not the only one wearing a bowtie. Why me again? I would like to be left alone.”

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 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 winger 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 24 points from 26 matches.

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