Yet after a woeful run of results for Marseille in recent weeks, the pair might just wish they were back in England.
French website Le10Sport report [via L'Equipe] that the duo were singled out by angry Marseille fans at a recent player-supporter meeting aimed at calming tensions off the field.
Cabella in particular found himself criticised, with the 26-year-old accused of attempting imitate former three-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid ace isn't a bad player to aspire to play like, but the comparison also has connotations with a selfish style of play, which when coupled with a lack of production, does not match up well. This season Cabella has five goals in 28 games, with two in his last 10. He has shown moments of brilliance, but only too fleeting, struggling for consistency.
Thauvin returned to Marseille this January just six months after leaving, and it is claimed he was left 'shaken' by fans.
The experience will do little for either pair's confidence, but if Newcastle do survive their relegation bid, the pair may appreciate their second chance in the Premier League a little bit more.