Sylvain Marveaux Finally Getting Up To Speed

When Sylvain Marveaux was signed by Newcastle from under the noses of Liverpool in mid-June, he hadn’t played football since the previous October.

Sylvain Marveaux – in  action against the Columbus Crew

Sylvain had been out with a number of injuries, so it’s probably not surprising that he has taken some time to regain full fitness, and the same has been true of Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa, both of whom had been out for most of last season through long term injuries.

Dan is still struggling a little and it could be that a loan move will do him good, and he can get some first team games away from Tyneside, to sharpen him up. But no move has yet been arranged, but the news yesterday was that Doncaster Rovers may be interested in taking Dan.

Marveaux scored a good two goals on Tuesday night for the Reserves in the second half, and John Carver managed the Reserves side  for that game, with Alan Pardew in the stands to watch his young guns.

This is what Carver told nufcTV about Marveaux after the game:

“When Sylvain came to us, he wasn’t up to speed and every single week he’s been working harder and harder – and doing some extra work – and he’s had more football.”

“He’s a guy who’ll be knocking on the door and that’s what we want. We want to give the manager problems in selecting a team.”

“The good thing is, we’re winning at the moment so these guys have got to make sure when their opportunity comes along, they can take it.”

“We thought it was very important to treat the game as a first-team game because, let’s be honest, a few weeks ago at Nottingham Forest most of these guys were playing.”

“So I think it was only fair that we were here as well and wanted to be part of it.”

First-Team Coach Stone and Goalkeeping Coach Andy Woodman were also present on Tuesday evening, so it was very much like a first team game, with so many first teamers making the trip to Lancashire,  that the senior coaching staff went along for the game too.

That may happen more often this season as the fringe players get a run out in the Reserves side, but the club will have to balance giving first teamers a game, with also giving opportunities for the many youngsters coming through from the U18 side.

But it can certainly work.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 6, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Start him already then.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 6, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    First !! What a tool i am!

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Oh sod u Danny boy!

  • Dannyo

    Oct 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Mwhaha, viva la first!

  • Incentino

    Oct 6, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Is it strange that it pleases me that the guy only typing to be the first one to comment didn’t make it in time?

    It’s great news that Marveaux is getting fitter. He has tremendous speed, and seems to create trouble for the opposing defense whenever he plays.

    Pardew is getting a bit of a problem, because he has now got so many good players to pick from and he can only pick 11 starters. That is absolutely fantastic news.

  • BiggMarketBoy

    Oct 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t know if this has been posted before, but to me it’s apparent that we need to give Marveaux a go…

  • BiggMarketBoy

    Oct 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Also, Marveaux is our strongest man in the air, hahaha! 🙂

    (aerial duel success)

  • Davies

    Oct 6, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s funny; the only thing that really annoys me about the whole first thing is the (often) multiple whinging comments that follow it. Just a bit of fun. I don’t think anyone feels they’ve really achieved anything by it.

    Regarding Marveaux, I think hat, once he gets his chance, he’ll be very hard to dislodge. You can’t be unhappy about that. He’s a fantastic little player.

    I suspect that all the journos writing about our having really missed out on Shaun Wright-Phillips had never seen this lad play.

  • loztoon

    Oct 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Keep ’em coming Mr Carr …would love to see a Carrwatch website so we could follow where he was finding all these fine young players…….

  • niffnoff

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10


    “I suspect that all the journos writing about our having really missed out on Shaun Wright-Phillips had never seen this lad play.”

    SWP is a good player considering he’s been nothing but a bench warmer at city with the odd cameo sub or appearence. I’d still have him even as a back up.
    Marv though he’s for keeps. I reckon he’ll be golden for us given time!

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Marv would be 1 of 3 changes i would make for the spuds game

    raylor saylor colo santon
    marv HBA cabaye jonas

  • BiggMarketBoy

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #12

    @Eaststand: 100% agree, great line up.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    BMB i think that would make a more attacking team and if raylor gets in positions simmo does he will deliver as soon as he can simmo panics on the ball for me and dropping him can only be a good thing imo just hope pards has the b@lls to go with it

  • drongo

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #14

    @ east stand I would have exactly that selection, but Jonas on right, Marv on left. Marv crossing from left is superb. Jonas cant cross, but raylor can from his right foot.
    I think that team has goals everywhere

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Drongo they can swap over throughout the game will give the fullbacks a headache and hopefully force their wingers back just need to hit bale early on then he doesnt want to know i think raylor would do just that

  • BiggMarketBoy

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    @Eaststand: Yes, I’m not convinced by Simmo either… sure, he’s quick but his defending is a bit erratic at times and offensively he’s a noshow. That being said – Raylor might not be better but we’ll only know after we’ve tried. Hoping Mr Pardieu reads this. 🙂

  • jimmymac

    Oct 6, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Only change i would be tempted to make would be for tactical reasons. In that spurs have a formiddible midfield which we need to match:

    Simpson STaylor Colo Raylor
    Obertan Gosling Tiote Gutierrez
    Harsh dropping Ba, but think Best will work harder to hold the ball up. Would use, HBA, Marv & Santon when situation dictates.

  • geordiesteve520

    Oct 6, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Glad we’re getting all these players fit and that competition is healthy as we’re sure going to need it in the next few weeks. After Spuds and Wigan we go: Blackburn (away), Stoke (away), Everton (home), Man U (away), Man C (away) then Chelsea at home in the run up to Christmas! If we’ve 23/24 points at the end of this run then I will be chuffed to bits.

  • BigKirky

    Oct 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Eaststand, that is my favoured team too. In Jan, Pieters brought in for left back and santon switched to right would be quality.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 6, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #20

    pardew will name an unchanged back four and why wouldnt he,? play santon right wing becoz hes another gareth bale,except hes both footed drop best for 2 games without a goal so that the next time he plays he knows hes gotta do the business ,introduce ben arfa and watch the good times roll.the last time i said we would get top four we d just signed bellamy and everone laughed in my face ,well i wouldnt bet against us because fairytale do happen

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Regarding “first” , i was only mickey taking – I’m too old for that ( but i still would have liked it !! ) 🙂


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