Three Premier League starts and not a sniff of a goal or a hint of an assist; it’s fair to say the slight-framed Frenchman didn’t quite live up to his £13 million price tag, per Sky Sports.
In short, he was another Remy Cabella rather than the second coming of David Ginola. Yet, there remains a frustrating notion that, under who else but Steve McClaren, The Magpies were destined never to see the best of their mercurial wideman.
Shunted onto the left rather than on his favoured right flank, the much-maligned wally-without-a-brolly prevented Thauvin from doing what he does best; namely, cutting inside and bending Arjen Robben-esque scorchers into the top corner.
After all, it’s become something of a trademark since his short-lived St James’ spell came to an end six months after it began. Currently embarking on a second successive loan spell with Marseille, Thauvin located the back of an opponent’s net for the sixth time in Ligue 1 this season in Sunday’s 2-0 home win against Lille. And in some style too.
While Newcastle are going rather strong themselves at the moment, a little sprinkling of magic from Thauvin’s wand of a left boot might have ensured The Magpies could spend their weekends in, at the very least, Burnley instead of Burton.
FIFA 16's Florian Thauvin also scored today. Note too the most French hard men noise ever as the goal goes in. pic.twitter.com/yrozzOwfUD— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) December 18, 2016
You can tell how poverty the French league is when Thauvin is scoring screamers #nufc— Boko Harambe #RIPTFT (@Hoginho89) December 18, 2016
I see Thauvin's hit a bit of form lately https://t.co/DPdC1CX4lD— Chris (@Bettsy1Chris) December 18, 2016