When asked about the involvement of Florian Thauvin in Newcastle’s win over Northampton, Steve McClaren was a ‘little’ bit restrained.

After scoring the first goal and laying on the other three, the Head Coach said about Thauvin; ‘Score and assist – that is his job’.

Whilst keeping the new signing’s feet firmly on the grond, McClaren did though also praise the winger’s hard work, as well as his goal and creativity.

Ayoze Perez and Siem de Jong were though picked out by Steve McClaren for their performances against Northampton.

The Newcastle boss also revealed that he nearly didn’t put Aleksandar Mitrovic on the pitch.

Despite intending to give the Serbian striker some game time, with the score already at 4-1 the Head Coach thought about sending 19 year old Ivan Toney in the 65th minute instead of Mitrovic to save the former Anderlecht forward for Arsenal, but decided to go ahead anyway to try and help the striker get his first goal for Newcastle.

Ivan Toney did eventually get onto the pitch for his first ever action for the senior team, playing the last 12 minutes against his former club.

Neither striker managed to add to the four goals but Aleksandar Mitrovic doesn’t exactly look the type to be short on confidence, though it wouldn’t do any harm if he scored the winner against Arsenal.

I have a feeling that Steve McClaren wouldn’t be able to be quite as restrained as he was after Thauvin’s contribution last night.

Steve McClaren talking to the club’s official tv channel, asked about Florian Thauvin’s 65 minutes against Northampton:

“Score and assist – that is his job. He works hard as well and a real plus on that side.

“I thought Ayoze (Perez) was terrific up front, when we got the ball into Siem he showed his quality as well. So in terms of attacking prowess, I think we have added very very well with Florian (Thauvin) coming in.”

Mitrovic almost didn’t get a game:

“Nice to bring Ivan Toney on and at 4-1 I nearly changed him for Mitrovic, just to save Mitro, but it would be nice to get Mitro on and score – but Ivan Toney came on and did very well.

“I think we have started the week very well, we talked about continuing that and now Saturday can we end it well?”

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