We haven’t seen much at all of French U21 International Sylvain Marveaux, since he arrived from Rennes on a free transfer last summer.
Sylvain Marveaux – could seem like new signing in pre-season
Sylvain had some groin problems that kept him out of the Rennes team over the last six months or so of last season, and he suffered a similar injury back in November, and that will keep him out of the Newcastle team for the rest of the season.
The good news is that he’s had an operation on the groin at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, which hopefully will clear up the problem once and for all.
Sylvain has only made 9 appearances for Newcastle with 3 assists, and it’s somewhat similar to the way Ben Arfa started his career on Tyneside, after suffering that terrible double fracture of his left leg in October of 2010 at Manchester City.
Ben Arfa has come along just fine this season, and we are hoping that Marveaux can become a major player for Newcastle next season.
Alan Pardew has been impressed with the way the Frenchman has been performing in training since he returned:
“Sylvain’s looking really good in training at the minute,” “You have to remember that he was out for a long time before we signed him, so he’s almost had 18 months without any kind of football at all.”
“We have to be careful with him. To be pitching him in now would be a little bit unfair, but he certainly looks good. I think a holiday will do him good because he’s worked ever so hard to get back.”
“Pre-season will be an extremely important period for him, and that’ll be his best route back in terms of finding his real ability. He certainly has ability and it’ll be great to have him available for next season.”
“He’s got great technical ability, he really has. In terms of talent and technique, he’s definitely a top player.”
It’s unlikely Pardew will risk Sylvain on Sunday at Goodison Park, but this lad could look like a new signing for Newcastle in pre-season – and we are hoping that he can come through big time for Newcastle next season.