Thauvin & Cabella: Is The French Revolution Dead?


We think so – can you name the last Frenchman we signed who went to do anything remotely positive for us? Don’t worry, it took us a while too. 3 years ago and you’d of named at least 3 players within seconds of asking

Cabella and Thauvin’s time at NUFC cannot be described as anything short of a disaster. We’re not unfamiliar to a French revolution up in Newcastle, and expectations were high when we shelled out big money for these technical, offensive mid-fielders.

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Fast forward to February 2016 and both the Frenchmen are on loan at Marseille, and Newcastle are at least £20m lighter on transfer fees alone.

Unlike Cabella, Thauvin’s move does not include an option to buy at the end of his 6-month term. Do they have a future at NUFC? I’m not too sure. Granted, they should’ve been given more time at the club (Thauvin in particular, who was brought in to replace Cabella yet has had only 3 PL starts to his name) but the underweight (coming in at a measly 68KG & 70KG) and uninspiring Frenchman have done nothing but fail to flatter on Tyneside.

The actual transfer fee for the pair has been disputed, with Cabella fluctuating between £7-13m and Thauvin anywhere up to £12m; for the purposes of this article we’ll estimate it at £20m+

So, just how bad has it been for the pair up here? Here’s their combined, Premier League statistics:

Transfer value: £20m+
Appearances: 24(20)
Minutes: 2367
Goals: 1
Assists: 2

I’m sure you’ll agree that for the outlay and expectation placed upon them, their impact has been little more than anonymous.

Compare the above to the immediate impact of another of our French imports, Yohan Cabaye (2011/12 only):

Transfer value: £4m
Appearances: 34
Minutes: 2839
Goals: 4
Assists: 6

The gulf in impact is nothing short of shocking. As we’ve learn many times in the past, foreign imports are a risk. Some adapt immediately to the Premier League (Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Laurent Robert & Daryl Janmaat to name a few) whereas others, such as Thauvin & Cabella are simply not cut out for the fast-paced, combative English Premier League.

Did they deserve more time at NUFC? That’s the question I proposed to you on Twitter @NewcastleStats, with an overwhelming 76% of you saying YES, from 678 voters.

Regardless of your thoughts – a change in direction is definitely needed in our recruitment policy.

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