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Florian Thauvin once again reminding Newcastle United what they almost had

Florian Thauvin once again reminding Newcastle United what they almost had - Newcastle United

Florian Thauvin’s move to Newcastle never quite worked out, part of the deal that saw Remy Cabella join Marseille saw Thauvin join the Toon, in a deal estimated to be worth £12m.

It’s fair to say that Florian Thauvin’s move to Newcastle United back in the summer of 2015 did not work out. As part of a transfer splurge during which Newcastle United outspent most of Europe, the former Bastia prodigy arrived alongside the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Georginio Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba. It’s just a shame Steve McClaren was in charge, right?

The Frenchman had been watched for years by Newcastle’s chief scout Graham Carr, and in 2015, Carr got a chance to bring his man to St. James’ Park.

As you’ll remember, his debut went swimmingly as he scored one and set up three against Northampton Town in the Capital One Cup, but after that, he found game time hard to get, and every time he did play, he looked way short of the quality required to play in the Premier League. Indeed, he later admitted that a move to England came too soon, telling UEFA.com (via the Chronicle) that the style didn’t suit him.

He’s then returned to form with Marseille – scoring 16 goals and laying on eight assists last season – and was part of the France side that won the World Cup in Russia last year.

Painful reading for Newcastle fans, we’re sure, and the 26-year-old only further reminded everyone of his quality last night with an absolutely stunning bicycle kick for Les Bleus during their 0-4 romp away in Andorra as they look to book their place at next year’s European Championships.

Thauvin is now supposedly worth £40.5m (per Transfermarkt) and Bayern Munich are said (according to Ouest France) to be eyeing him up to replace Franck Ribery. Oh, what could have been.

What do you think did Newcastle make a mistake in letting Thauvin go? Comment below  


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