French publication Canal+ believes a managerial change at Newcastle United could hand Florian Thauvin a lifeline on Tyneside as the youngster continues to drastically fail to live up to expectation.
The report questions the 22-year-old's motives behind joining Newcastle in the summer and comments on his disappointing progress as a footballer since he shot to fame at SC Bastia as a teenager, commenting: 'he is no longer a shadow of the player he was promising to be at Sporting Club de Bastia'.
It also adds that a managerial change, which could see Harry Redknapp or Brendan Rodgers come in, could save his career at Newcastle and offer him a second chance, but only if he is willing to work at it.
Can Thauvin still be a success at Newcastle?
It's worth remembering that Thauvin has spent his entire career playing in France and it will take a little bit of time for him to adapt and adjust to the Premier League.
At 22, there shouldn't have been much pressure and expectation on him to come in and hit the ground running. However, with the situation Newcastle currently find themselves in, it's completely natural for people to get frustrated with his development.
Thauvin has a lot of ability, which he has only been able to show in patches so far this season, and should be backed to come good.
He may not be the saviour to Newcastle's season, but he could become an important player for the club in the future. For now, the emphasis should be on the more experienced players to get the club out of the rut it finds itself in.
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