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.