No alarms and no surprises, please. Newcastle United loan player Florian Thauvin is going through a period which isn’t amazingly good, and isn’t disastrously bad, and that’s probably just what the player needed. A little calm after a whirlwind few years, and a good steady season.

The 23 year old’s consistency has often been called into question, and that’s likely to remain the case for a long time, given the type of player he is, but he’s pretty much a fixture as a starter for Marseille and doing well, especially given the uncertainty at the club.

Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 08.51.42On Monday L’Equipe point out that Thauvin will complete his Newcastle United to Marseille transfer next summer for €11.5m, and they quote the player as saying: “I am quite satisfied with myself. I try to give the maximum to pull the team up.”

Thauvin wants to be a Marseille great, he’s got a big affinity with the club and is keen to be a hero for supporters, which has sometimes led to him going over the top. Things are calmer now, and L’Equipe even say of the Newcastle owned player, that his performance against Metz showed ‘great mental strength’.

The words ‘great mental strength’ wouldn’t have been used to describe Thauvin’s Newcastle United career, but it’s all part of his determination to succeed at Marseille.