Alan Pardew Already Has One New Signing

Frenchman Sylvain Marveaux looked great in the second half at Goodison Park last Sunday, and it was the highlight of the game for Newcastle fans.

Sylvain Marveaux – like a new singing next season

He was also easily our Man of the Match for that game, and we’ve said before that this lad could be like a new signing for next season.

And it was a master-stroke by the Newcastle manager to let the lad play that last 45 minutes of the season, after being out since last October with his groin and hip problems.

Marveaux missed the last seven months of the previous season too, with a groin problem while he was at Rennes, so the run-out should give him great confidence he can become a top player for the Magpies next term.

Unfortunately the French midfielder’s first season in the Premier League did not go well because of those  injuries, but there’s also some very good news.

Sylvain traveled to the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado to have surgery on his hip, and last November it was confirmed that he had completed his hip surgery, which was performed by Dr Marc Phillipon at the clinic.

We have to hope that’s the end of two seasons of injury nightmare for the 11 times capped French U21 International – he deserves a break.

A fully fit Marveaux next season will be great for Newcastle, and it’s good that the club were able to come to terms with the Frenchman in mid-June  last year, after he could not agree terms at Liverpool.

Newcastle whisked him away from Liverpool late on Friday night, 17th June  via helicopter, and had him signed up by 2:00am on the following Saturday morning – and then he got some sleep presumably.

When Newcastle want their man they go and get him – that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

162 comments so far

  • TheChippedFifth

    May 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Playing conkers and loosing is too good for Ashley.

  • davis_toons

    May 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2

    ..the “music” video on Romain Amalfitano ED put up reminds me of some former Newcastle Player…
    “NACHO” the attacking midfield sign be dennis wise..Remb? There was a Crazy fan of his here as well

    NaCho everyday..

  • Graeme

    May 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Hope his problems are solved once and for all. He will thrive on a good pre-season and start next season in the best shape he has ever been.

    With him fully fit, he could be one hell of a player for us next season – just need somebody on the other side of the pitch doing the same thing – whipping balls in for our strikers!!

  • Rotonda heights

    May 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Bit of a wind – up title !!!

  • davis_toons

    May 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Yes, Marveaux seens to be a decent player that can string some passes together for the team when he played. We needed this kind of player to build a stronger foundation. Good Buy if he can stay injury free…

    “not another Owen hopfully, where he will come on during the season ended”

  • check the toastie

    May 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #6

    hopefully his injury problems are behind him, however once a fragile player always one in my experience.

  • Billy1985

    May 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    off topic but i have a signed newcastle top from 2003-2004 season when we reached the semi finals of the uefa cup, its the grey top signed by bobby, shearer, speed, solano, jenas, given etc been some good offers already but thought i would put it on here to see if i can get any more offers first,

  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #8

    TheChippedFifth – is that you, Jail? 🙂

  • check the toastie

    May 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Do you remember the good old days before the ghost town…………………………..

  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Part time fans, can’t live with them can’t live without.

    Eeirely quiet. I want a new signing just to liven it up.

    Shall we start our own rumour??

  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #11

    check – even changing names and flogging your autographed footy shirts doesn’t help liven things up does it? 🙂

  • toonincheek

    May 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #12

    check the toastie @6
    That was my worry right from the start.
    He seems like a real athlete and all too often, they are prone to muscle/ligament strains.
    But – the operation was on his hip?

    Love to have my worries laid to rest – for Marveaux and the Toon.

  • check the toastie

    May 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki – You do some decent forged signatures??

  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m gonna say it, these are my feelings.

    I really believe that if he is picked for the euros and is gven a chance wor Benny is going to light up that competition like a bonfire night display.

    I just have one of those feelings

  • check the toastie

    May 18, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #15

    toonincheek, most of the injuries such as strains pulls dodgy aches and pains are generally down to bad muscular skeletal posture, it seems Marvs problems were down to some faulty hip alignment, hope he comes gud, seems as cool as a cucumber.

  • check the toastie

    May 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #16

    I love Benny, hope he gets picked for France, will bizarrely even smile if he plays well against us.

    Have said it before, but of all of our ‘big’ players currently at the toon i wud be most disappointed if he left. I love the boys Tekkers.

  • toonincheek

    May 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Benny must be the second-most talented player ever at St. James.

    But he gives so more more thatn Hughie!

  • markmac

    May 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    @7 i had a signed away shirt from about 04/05 i think from memory, i gave it to a charity shop,as i hardly ever looked at it and thort it would be my good deed for last year! just hope a mackem didnt buy it to burn grrrrrr

    regards Marveaux, he’s looked quality whenever weve seen him just hope he can stay injury free, because thats the only doubt we all have about him

  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Check @13 – yeah mate I bluddy well can! you got an ebay account ha ha? 🙂

    I even have a shirt to copy off, one with monsieur Robert’s monicker and another with SBR, Big Al, Aaron, JJ, Kieron… never will sell like couldn’t do it They’re framed as well which would make it a pain to take apart…

    Hmmm maybe get a TOFFS shirt and forge ivor Allchurch’s john hancock… idea looming. that or jail time.

  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #20

    France are my bet for the tournament!

    They were ripped apart in 2010 and haven’t looked the same since 2006.

    But with so many friends playing together they will enjoy those football and as a result upset many.

    I hope to god we get Debucy and Mapou and integrate them with Cabs, Benny etc…

    Imagine welcoming back to our club euro champions

  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #21

    On Marveaux, I believe he was bought specifically to fix. I know that the Steadman clinic gave Al a good few more years and in days gone by that would never have happened. I actually think we have, bizarrely, got Kieron Dyer to thank. Why? Well, his body and posture was a train wreck, and although he never got fixed (definitely not his head anyways) I think a lot was learned from trying to get him to work, y’know all this jiggery pokery they do with body mapping and computer thingamabobs. From what I have gleaned, Marveaux’s problems were addressed as a radical fix to end all farting about in future with layoffs for months here and there. If he gets through a full season next year, I think we may have our bargain new signing. Here’s hoping.

    On benny – if he gets a couple of starts, I think he has every opportunity to set the euros alight. then we will be watching each transfer window through our fingers and from behind the sofa, wearing the obligatory rubber pants. 🙁

  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #22

    markmac – …….and you gave it away…….. I can just imagine a n ‘R’ reg proton in pennywell being buffed by that shirt right now…..

    shame on you 🙂


    May 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #23

    We are going to have some amount of options on that left wing next season 1.Jonas 2.Marveaux 3.Sammy 4.Santon(could be converted from LB easily) 5.HBA(he’s played there before) and there’s a strong possibility that we’ll sign Yacine Brahimi & I for 1 hope we do he’s got a hybrid of HBA mixed with Henry ball skills the kid is Awsome.

  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Slow news week.

  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #25

    dy’a reckon Pardew had figured out how to get one over the line yet?

    If not then we are screwed

  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #26

    He’s still working on getting them through the door and into the building.

  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #27


  • G

    May 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Regarding Beattie’s Euro 2012 prediction, I would personnaly still bet my house on Spain like. So much quality in depth it’s hard not to see them dominating again. Would be nice to see an outsider win it again, a-la Greece. Let’s face it, England are in turmoil again so I would be amazed if we got further than the quarters.

  • tenpointnine

    May 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Bonjour mes amis!

    Just as Newcastle are supposed to be everyone’s second team, am I the only one who will have France as their second team at the Euros, thanks to Ben Arfa, Yo, etc?

    Allez les bleus!

    Also, just had to share this, the funniest Amazon review ever!

  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #30 the decorators haven’t painted the line yet……..

  • Londtoon

    May 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Reading between the lines… there are no lines.

  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Tsunki do you think there will be any big reveals on Monday the day after the French leauge finishes like Cabaye last year?!

  • mondziu

    May 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Beattie – I certainly hope so. Creme de la creme of French football announces they all join Newcastle, as is Clairfontaine academy moving to Brenton. That would make my Monday!

  • niafron

    May 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Bonjour messieurs.

  • Toon_Tom

    May 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #35

    i went dogging with the wife last weekend ………………

    by the time she had parked the car, everyone had already left!!!!!!!!!!

  • Klatoon

    May 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Marveaux’s injuries mean he may never be that explosive wide man he showed signs of turning into. However his quick brain, vision, subtle touch and composure on the ball may point to a future in midfield. At Everton, AP deployed him as part of a 3man Midfield where he linked things very well and I really feel this will be his role especially if AP persists with 433 next season.

  • Alinufc

    May 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #37

    @Beattie I remember last year cabaye, was reported something like the Friday before the French season finished, and then cabaye confirmed after his match

  • check the toastie

    May 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Whats the latest news niafron, benny gonna make the euro squad? Toon gonna sign who from france this week? Whats the latest from french france?

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Everyone heard the news? Can’t bloody believe it!

  • niafron

    May 18, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #40

    The Euro could freeze all signings in France. Anywway for those who will play it.

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