'Sign him up' - Newcastle fans want 24-year-old at club next season after hat-trick
By Will Butcher
Newcastle’s Florian Thauvin scored a hat-trick for French giants Marseille as they secured a 5-1 away win against Caen in Ligue 1 on Sunday – and fans on Twitter want him at the club next season.
The 24-year-old is currently with Marseille on a season-long loan deal from the Toon, where he has shined this season and even earned a call-up to Didier Deschamps’ France national team.
Thauvin has now scored 15 goals and laid on a further 10 strikes in assists during his 39 league and cup encounters, but his future is unclear.
Marseille possess the option to buy Thauvin permanently from the Toon, but the versatile attacker could be tempted at another crack at the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez saw his side gain promotion back to the Premier League earlier this month, and they are now within a chance of going up as champions with only a point separating them from Brighton.
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Newcastle fans reacted to Thauvin’s hat-trick for Marseille, with many delighted for Marseille’s number 26 as he continued his fine form while some wanted him to return to Tyneside.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
That Thauvin lad for Marseille looks alreet. Sign him up #nufc
— Julio Geordio (@Julio_Geordio) April 30, 2017
3️⃣ shots on target
Oh and an assist pic.twitter.com/7TSMQOp9sx
— Ketch (@ketchell) April 30, 2017
— Toon Army Virginia (@ToonArmy757) April 30, 2017
can we buy a french lad called thauvin ; apparently hes decent ffs !!! … #NUFC
— gee singh (@geesingh1) April 30, 2017
Another 2 goals and an assist today… Just a regular outing for Thauvin this season! #NUFC
— Bristol Magpie (@BristolMagpie) April 30, 2017
Maybe he has, just thinking of our impending HMRC case involving players from France. I'd love to see him do well at SJP.
— James (@james1508) May 1, 2017
Can't believe I'm saying this but Thauvin might actually be good, surely not though. Surely it's just the league
— Tom (@ToonTomm) April 30, 2017
Thauvin made just 16 appearances for Newcastle in all competitions, scoring only once after joining the Toon from Marseille in the summer of 2015 for almost £16million.
However, he returned on loan to the French outfit in January 2016, only six months after signing with Newcastle before confirming another season with Marseille last summer.
In other Newcastle transfer news, fans have also reacted on Twitter to reported interest in this Premier League 23-year-old.