Sochaux are currently bottom of the French league and it could well be that they will be relegated.
Marvin Martin – Sochaux central midfielder
And one of their top players is 23 year-old midfielder Marvin Martin, who has played 9 times for France with two goals, and previously had 10 appearances in the France U21 team.
And he seemed to be the player to replace Cabaye in the French side, when the Newcastle midfielder was withdrawn in the second half of the French games over the last year, and he is an attacking central midfielder like Yohan.
If Sochaux do get relegated then it could be that Martin will be available in a cut-price deal, and of course Newcastle are always on the look-out for a good deal, and he would fit right in on Tyneside, with the rest of the French contingent currently at the club.
Marvin has been at Sochaux all his career and started at their Youth Academy, and he made his first team debut in August of 2008, when he was 20, and appeared as a substitute in the 2–1 league defeat to Marseilles.
Since then he has appeared 143 times for Sochaux, with 11 goals and 30 assists and he made his senior international debut in June of 2010 in the team’s friendly match against the Ukraine, when he appeared as a second half substitute in the 1-1 draw.
The Paris-born player stands 5’7″ tall and is right footed, and a very skillful player. Sochaux are bottom of the French league with 33 points from 35 games, and are 2 points from safety and they have 3 games to play – although that’s really 3 points from safety because of their poor goal difference of -24.
At the time of writing this article, Sochaux are drawing 0-0 at half time, in their home game with AS Nancy Lorraine, in what is a full fixture list tonight in the French league.
But play-maker Marvin Martin is banned from playing, after collecting three yellow cards in fewer than 10 games.
That will not help Sochaux tonight.
What do you think?
Here’s some video of the play-maker