Florian Thauvin should have been something special at Newcastle United.

He was signed in the summer of 2015, arriving from Marseille for £13million.

Thauvin was part of a big summer of spending under Steve McClaren, as the club also brought in Gini Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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On paper, Newcastle had some real talent in their ranks.

But by the end of the season, the Magpies had been relegated. McClaren was sacked in March, while Wijnaldum earned a big money move to Liverpool over the summer.

As for Thauvin, he only managed half a season at St James’ Park.

Whenever he got on the ball he was exciting. He would run at players with pace, ghosting past them as if they weren’t even there.

However, his chances in black and white were few and far between.

In total, he played 16 times for the Magpies. He scored once, finding the net in a League Cup win over Northampton.

Sadly, his time at Newcastle was more famous for the tuxedo he wore to his first home game.

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The sharp dressed man returned to Marseille in January 2016, before completing a permanent move that summer.

 

Two years later and he became a World Cup winner. While he wasn’t a key component, Thauvin was part of the France squad that went all the way in Russia.

He’s been back to his best at Marseille, scoring plenty of goals and becoming a key player for the Ligue 1 side.

However, his time in France is coming to an end.

The winger’s contract at the Stade Velodrome was set to expire this summer, with plenty of rumours about where he could end up.

He was even linked with a move back to the Premier League, with the likes of West Ham and Leicester reportedly interested.

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But instead, Thauvin is off to Mexico. It has been confirmed that the 28-year-old has signed a five-year deal with Tigres.

It’s certainly a strange move. Thauvin is entering the peak years of his career, and has the ability to be playing near the top of one of Europe’s elite leagues.

A move to Mexico seems like a wasted opportunity.

But as he prepares to take his talents across the Atlantic, Toon fans will be wondering where it all went wrong for Florian Thauvin.

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