On his first start for Newcastle United and home debut, it only took Florian Thauvin three minutes to put the ball in the back of the net.

With Northampton defending the Leazes End goal, Massadio Haidara swung over a cross from the left.

Showing the same willingness to get in the box as he did on Saturday at Old Trafford, Thauvin meeting it on the volley.

However, the former Marseille player had to twist in the air to adjust his body so he could connect perfectly, in many ways it reminded me of a certain Laurent Robert, the ability to adjust his position to score unorthodox goals.

Visiting manager Chris Wilder, summed up the goal perfectly:

“How Thauvin scores I will never know, David Buchanan has him marked left, right and centre but the boy has done a Bruce Lee karate kick into the corner – that is the quality they could show in the vital moments.”

That wasn’t the only comparison you could make to the excellent Laurent Robert.

The three other goals were all as a result of an assist from Florian Thauvin, with two of them superb deliveries from free-kicks, something which augers well for the season ahead.

The final 4-1 result giving fans a real lift for the tougher challenges ahead, starting with Arsenal on Saturday.

A great start for the French winger and let’s hope this helps the confidence flow, an essential commodity for any winger.

Watch it below courtesy of DailyMercato.