Marveaux Closer To First Team Start Than Ben Arfa

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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 24, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    And rightly so imo, he’s done allot of work to shows he deserves a start.
    So start him 😉

  • wennytoon4life

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle to win 2-1 best to get the first goal,come on the toon.

  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Personally i would Start Marveux over Obertan tonight.

  • pardew no 1

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    newcastle 4 2 ba best 2 cabaye

  • Davies

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ve been really impressed with this lad since his first match at Scunthorpe. Our attacking options are growing and we have some very exciting players in our team this season. Just need to shore up the back and get another striker in.

    I actually quietly optimistic about today’s match, though we always have to be wary of Blackburn.


    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Match day 😀 Gutti has said he is staying at NUFC despite interest from Spain and Italy 😀 Marv looks the business 😀 HBA should get a run out 😀 Its all adding up to us getting hammered by Blackburn 🙁 haha 3-1 Newcastle HWTL

  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    JOnas has had a good season so far,he deserves his spot but he does need to have a better delivery and that seems to be something Marveaux is good at.
    Jonas also is good in the middle when he drifts in so he could be a fifth midfielder too.
    Greeat to see the competition for places 🙂
    Gettin butterflies now,lookin forward to it a lot.
    3-1 to us
    Howay the lads

  • NotAGhostToon

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    There’s 3 reasons why we’re going to lose today, everyone on here is predicting a win, I’m going to the match and finally Lawro has predicted we will win! uh oh! haha but i’d like to think in reality we do have too much class for them but here’s hoping we don’t have an off day.
    I’m intrigued by Pardews constant comments about ben arfa, whilst he is right yes Marveaux is doing well and is very close to a start I can’t help but think back to our very own french mans comments..Niafron. He was saying how ben arfa performs much better under pressure, siting a penalty kick take, I get the feeling Pardew is reminding Ben Arfa that he isn’t garuanteed a start so that he performs better when he is chucked in. I’m hoping this is good management.

  • toonfan76

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Would you believe it, Sky are giving Current sky customers a free weekend of all their sky sports channels and we aren’t on there this weekend. Typical!

  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Im Praying,

    1.Obertan re-finds his best form (The one that caught Fergies Attention at United)

    2.Arfa doesnt get clobbered by a 3rd Hard tackle.

    3. Marveux breaks into the First team.

    Honestly, if all those “prayers” gets answered we would have a Young, Scary, Possible Future France Squad MF. With the exception of Cheik “Da Hulk” Tiote


    *I left Guttierez out, because despite what he says, he is reaching the point in his Newcastle Career where Cashley will want to cash in on him. But as of Now, Guttierez/Obertan/Marveux should all be fighting for the 2 Wing positions.

    There is also Ferguson, Abeid and Sammy steadily improving on the Sidelines who can also potentially challenge for those two positions in the near future.

    Our Midfield is looking Brilliant.

  • hainesy

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Nice to see how happy Haris Vuckic was at the FIFA 12 photo session.

  • Incentino

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Dear Ed, I’m going to explain this for the hundredth time. Gutierrez’s natural position is right winger. If anything, Marveaux allows him to move back to his best position. Obertan is the odd man out.

  • pardew no 1

    Sep 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #13

    hainesy i no the players look mint and real then 11 they must of had a shit artist

  • countrylad14

    Sep 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14


    Bit harsh on Ed really….

    Jonas may have started his career with us on the right hand side but neither Pardew or Hughton have played him there over the last 2 years so they obviously think he is best on the left.

  • elpaso_geordie

    Sep 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15


    Your talking garbage mate …… Guti played left mid for Real Mallorca and played there mainly for Argentina and all for us for the last few years. As far as i am aware he has never played right side unless it was when he was breaking through as a youngster . However i dont have that info and i doubt you have too ….

  • Tiote4PM

    Sep 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    The ONLY place we have competition Ed is in midfield.

    EVERY other position we are struggling.

  • hartoon

    Sep 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    tiote and cabaye are pretty much a cert for our XI
    then we have obertan,marveux, guti to think about for wingers
    we could play obertan as a SS/AM which he has played before and have guti and marv on either wing

  • Tiote4PM

    Sep 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Sorry Ed that sounded whiney….

    I Love You and your work

    A xxx

  • ArtyH

    Sep 24, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Just think what we could achieve if we had a decent C/F and a L/B?


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