Newcastle United fans react as flop Florian Thauvin scores yet another stunner

Florian Thauvin celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

Marseille have an 'obligation to buy' Thauvin at the end of the season. Will The Magpies regret letting him go?

The fact that Florian Thauvin is in no way Newcastle United’s worst signing of the decade speaks volumes about the quality of recruitment at St James’ Park under Mike Ashley.

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.

Florian Thauvin celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

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.

Florian Thauvin

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