Sylvain Marveaux is a very skilled Newcastle midfielder, who has finally got back to top fitness, after spending some time out of the game since last October, because of injuries.
Sylvain Marveaux – now in top condition at Newcastle
When Newcastle signed Sylvain, from under the noses of Liverpool in mid-June, the 11 times capped French U21 International hadn’t played football for almost nine months, following some injuries at his former French club Rennes.
Marveaux has not played too much in the Newcastle first team – yet – and he has two starts in the Carling Cup and four appearances in the Premier League.
Sylvain is a skillful winger and he is able to play on either side, so he will be a threat to Newcastle’s current two starting wingers, Jonas Gutierrez and Gabriel Obertan.
We expect Alan Pardew to again start an unchanged side on Sunday against Tottenham, and Sylvain will likely be on the bench, but he could get some playing time in the second half on Sunday, depending on how the game is going.
We expect Alan to against start this team on Sunday against Tottenham:
Simpson Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Taylor (R)
Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Assistant Manager John Carver seems very impressed with the 25 year-old French winger, both because of the form he is now showing on Tyneside, and also because of his positive attitude.
This is what John Carver said today:
“We saw a glimpse this week of how much he’s improved condition-wise,” “That was a major factor when he came in. He’d had issues, and wasn’t up to speed.”
“He’s worked extremely hard, and I mean extremely hard.” ” It’s been difficult for him, as he’s not been in the team.” “He’s not used that as an excuse. He’s rolled his sleeves up. He went to Bolton, and I thought he was superb.”
“For me, he could do a job on either side. He’s got his mind focused on training, and he’s waiting for his opportunity.” “That’s what’s putting pressure on the two wide guys at the moment.”
There’s a first team place on the wing waiting for Marveaux, if he can take his chances when he gets them as a substitute, and probably his best chance could be on the right wing, where fellow French winger, Gabriel Obertan, is currently in possession of the starting position.
But the Newcastle bench these days is very strong, and that’s proof of how well Newcastle did in the transfer window last summer.