As far as long term targets go, you couldn't get worse than Florian Thauvin and Remy Cabella.

These are the two men that Newcastle United head coach Graham Carr has insisted the club bring in, and these are the men who have hardly made an impact on Tyneside. 

Cabella had one good game against Chelsea, while Thauvin's flash in the pan was limited to a League Cup fixture against League Two opposition Northampton Town.

For a chief scout to have looked at both attackers for so long, and had the Magpies chase their signature for a number of years, to have both of them fail is a serious blot in his record.

The latest news is that the summer signing will join Cabella on loan at Marseille, after making just a handful of appearances and hardly any starts.

Whether or not the former Lille man lacks the attitude, strength or skill to compete in the English top flight is a question only Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren can answer. It is he that has neglected to play Thauvin when the need for a winger to deliver good balls into the box has been obvious.

He must have had some role in bringing the player to the club, otherwise what would be the point of his transfer? Carr should not be so trusted around the halls of St. James' Park that his word is golden - remember, some transfers failing is his fault too.


Too much was expected of Thauvin too soon, which is understandable given the size of the transfer fee that he arrived for. There were misgivings about his nature before the winger arrived on Tyneside, but they were largely overlooked.

Many of the players who arrived from Ligue 1 have been shown to require a bedding in period, but many of the players Carr has brought in simply haven't been good enough.

Whether or not Sylvain Marveaux and Emmanual Riviere were at the top of the wish list presented by the backroom team to owner Mike Ashley or not, the scouting team must still take some responsibility for their failure.

Not all the blame rests at the feet of Carr, but when such a long term target fails so badly, then the buck stops there.