Reports from France today claim that both Newcastle United and Florian Thauvin are already regretting his move to Tyneside in August.
The 22 year old winger has been a long-term target for Newcastle with Graham Carr said to be a big admirer, United having failed with bids when he was at both Bastia and Lille.
After a bright opening with a brief cameo at Old Trafford and a man of the match performance against Northampton in the League Cup, Florian Thauvin then had the thankless task of playing a lone role up front against Arsenal after the Mitrovic red card.
There then followed starts against West Ham, Watford and Sheffield Wednesday reserves, all three matches ending in defeat and Florian Thauvin becoming a bit of a scapegoat after disappointing personal contributions, though he was in good company.
Mercato365 claims that the winger never really wanted to leave Marseille and was forced out due to their financial pressures and the deal too good to turn down for the Ligue 1 club.
How much of this is mischief making and how much is the truth is anybody’s guess but certainly Thauvin has struggled, whilst all three of the other first team summer signings have been viewed as a success – to greater or lesser degrees.
A French winger thrown straight into the first team because of desperation…it isn’t the first time we have seen this cause problems, only last season the expectations on Remy Cabella’s shoulders were far too much and he crumbled under the pressure.
Mercato365 say that Italian and Spanish clubs are interested in the player but will be forced to wait until summer 2016 before being able to pursue any potential interest, with Florian Thauvin not able to play for another club this season having already played for both Marseille and Newcastle.
The French reports contain some cheap shots such as referring to Thauvin making more headlines about wearing his Tux pre-match, rather than his performances.
It is of course far too early to write off a player who cost so much money and has appeared only a handful of times.
I don’t think he has been helped either by the last couple of matches, thrown on for the last 25 minutes at the Etihad when United went 6-1 down, yet with Newcastle in a similar position on Sunday at 5-2 up with around 25 minutes to play, there was no chance given to build up his confidence.
Maybe it will prove an advantage to both club and player that there can be no knee-jerk reaction in January, with hopefully Florian Thauvin being eased into the team when the league table looks a lot healthier as the season moves on.