Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly preparing to make an offer for Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin in the summer transfer window.
The north London club put in an offer for the 22-year-old in January, but his current club rejected the enquiry. Spurs have been keeping one eye on the winger in the second half of the season and have been impressed by what they have seen.
It is believed the French club are now hoping to offload some of their players to raise some well needed funds for the club. Thauvin can also play behind the striker and while Tottenham are interested, they also have competition from Valencia.
Fans opinions on the Frenchman are mixed, with many not knowing enough about him to decide whether or not he would be a good signing. An online survey between Tottenham fans found 63% thought he would make a good signing.
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In his first season at Marseille he became an instant sensation, scoring 10 goals and getting six assists, and fans thought he was going to develop into a force to be reckoned with – even calling him the ‘new Frank Ribery.’
Sadly, this wasn’t always a nice comparison as his attitude to other players and officials has grown steadily worse.
This season he seems to be suffering from “second season syndrome.” There is a spooky correlation between players who exceed expectations in their first season at a club and then go on to struggle in their second season. James McCarthy at Everton and Tom Ince at Blackpool are prime examples. In Thauvin’s second season for Marseille both his goal and assist tally has halved.
Last week, the 22-year-old was pulled off at half-time after a dire performance, which saw Marseille beaten 5-3 by Lorient. In recent months the winger has given the ball away too often and hasn’t been as involved in games as manager Marcelo Bielsa would like. In last week’s game Thauvin finished the first half with an accuracy of 66% and only managed one shot on target.
This shot was where his game went wrong. At the time, the scores were level and he took Marseille’s motto “straight to the goal” literally. Instead of using the options he had around him he hit a weak shot straight at Lorient’s keeper Benjamin Lecomte, which was poor for the skill he has shown in the past.
Thauvin is still developing as a player but with only five goals in 33 appearances this season, there are a lot of question marks over his ability. Tottenham are still pushing for European football for next season, and when they spend money over the summer they need a player who can add experience and help them progress in the competition.
If Spurs are looking for a player that can give them an edge to push for the top four in the Premier League then Florian Thauvin is one which should be avoided.