Newcastle fans seem to be warming to the skills of Sylvain Marveaux, who has had a slow start to his Newcastle career.
Sylvain Marveaux – fouled for the penalty on Tuesday night
But after Sylvain was out injured last season from October, Alan Pardew wanted to ensure he was introduced slowly and steadily into the Newcastle team, and that’s what’s happened.
But the Frenchman’s skill is there for all to see, and we think he will be challenging Jonas Gutierrez for that left wing spot very soon.
So far, Marveuax has made four appearances for the Newcastle side, starting both Carling Cup games and making a couple of sub appearances in the league.
But Alan Pardew has come out today and said he is pushing really hard for a starting position, and if probably closer to the first team than even Ben Arfa is at the moment:
“He’s just got great technique,” “Some of his first touches are superb, and you saw that in the build-up to the penalty. He’s been very patient. He’s a quiet boy and very controlled in most situations, especially around the box.”
“It’s very important you have players who can keep their head when it starts to get a bit nervous or tight. He’s going to put real competition on the squad soon. He’s really knocking on the door – I’d say more so than Ben Arfa at the moment.”
We think that Gutierrez’s place is under jeopardy from the Frenchman, and it will be interesting to see how the Argentine performs today, but we are expecting him to be in good form, and give a lively display against Blackburn.
The 25-year-old French U21 International had a good game on Tuesday night, and made both Peter Lovenkrand’s goals, as he put in that perfect cross for Peter to head home, and then he was brought down for the penalty, which the Danish International put away nicely.
There is certainly good competition for places in the starting line-up at the moment, and that’s always good to see, and we think Jonas will be pushed into a good performance today, with his place under pressure.
But of course that’s exactly what you want to see happen, and that’s one benefit of having a good strong squad, which is what Newcastle seem to have this season, to the surprise of some of us.