Newcastle flop delivers verdict after hitting top goal-scoring form
By Danny Wright
Florian Thauvin has found a new lease of life after moving away from Newcastle in a loan switch to Marseille.
The 24-year-old struggled to make any sort of impact with the Magpies in his debut season at St. James’ Park but life on the south coast of France has been a lot kinder to the Toon flop.
Newcastle signed Thauvin from the French club in 2015, but after a poor start to the season he was loaned back in January 2016.
Franck Passi decided that he would sign Thauvin for a second loan spell last summer after impressing in the back end of the season before.
During the current campaign, the French winger has scored 10 Ligue 1 goals in 29 matches and has assisted a further eight goals in all competitions.
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In his most recent outing against Angers on Friday, the former France Under-21 international scored twice in a 3-0 win, scoring in back-to-back games for this first time this season.
“I have more assurance in my play. I lose fewer balls stupidly,” said Thauvin, as quoted by the Chronicle.
“I have gained in maturity, I have worked on that on video.
“I have taken a step up in that area, it’s my most complete season.”
Marseille are currently fifth in the French top flight with 45 points. However they are currently well short of a Champions League place as they are 17 points behind third-placed Paris St. Germain.
Thauvin is one of several Premier League ex-pats in Rudi Garcia’s squad alongside the likes of Remy Cabella, Dimitri Payet, Bafetimbi Gomis and Patrice Evra.
In other Newcastle news, Rafa Benitez has made a promise to the fans after the Fulham defeat.