Newcastle United supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side record a third successive Premier League victory on Monday night.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their encounter with struggling Burnley off the back of wins over Watford and Bournemouth, results which moved the Magpies out of the bottom three ahead of their trip to Turf Moor. And the North East giants are now sitting pretty in 13th place in the table thanks to a 2-1 success in Lancashire, with a Ciaran Clark header and a Ben Mee own goal inspiring the visitors to their first away win of the season.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Newcastle fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even more from their side as the season wears on given the quality of signings they made during the summer.
The Magpies were somewhat praised for the business they conducted, albeit it wasn’t a lot, like they were back in the summer of 2017 when they sold Florian Thauvin to French side Marseille for £9.9 million (as per Transfermarkt).
And given how much the 25-year-old flopped at St James’ Park, that figure represented a decent return despite spending £16.52 million (as per Transfermarkt) on the forward back in 2015, although his incredible rise recently in his homeland underlines the huge blunder owner Mike Ashley made letting him leave.
Ultimately, Thauvin made next to no impact during his time in the North East, with the France international appearing just 16 times in all competitions for the Magpies, netting only one goal and laying on two assists in the process.
And with none of those contributions coming in the Premier League, it’s clear that the 25-year-old simply wasn’t able to produce the goods at St James’ Park – as such, it wasn’t much of a surprise to see him leave on loan to Marseille in 2016, and then sign permanently a year later.
However, had the Magpies shown slightly more patience with the talented forward, they could now be seriously reaping the rewards given Thauvin has been reborn upon return to Marseille, with the Frenchman netting 26 goals and laying on 18 assists for the Ligue 1 side last term in their run to fourth place in the table, and indeed the final of the Europa League.
And the 25-year-old, capped seven times by France in the last few years and as such possessing a World Cup winners’ medal, has started this season remarkably well too with a staggering 11 goals and four assists in just 15 appearances for Marseille – he is a totally different player to the one seen at Newcastle, and now worth an eye-watering £45 million (as per Transfermarkt).
And that must really infuriate Magpies supporters given just how woeful he was for them and how great he is now – selling him, and recouping over half of what they spent on him, seemed like the right course of action back in 2017.
But now it is looking more and more like a huge blunder from Ashley.
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