Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has managed his mercurial French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, brilliantly over the last season.
Sylvain Marveaux – could follow Ben Arfa’s lead
And not only did Ben Arfa become a regular out on the right wing for Newcastle this year, and score two fantastic goals at St. James’ Park against Blackburn and Bolton, but he is also back in the French squad for the Euro 2012 Championships, after a two year absence from the International scene.
And Alan says that 26 year-old Sylvain Marvieax can do the exact same thing, as the French U21 International recovers from some serious injuries he’s picked up over the last two seasons.
This is what Alan said about Ben Arfa being in the French squad of 23 along with Yohan Cabaye:
“It’s brilliant, I’m absolutely delighted for Hatem.” “I’ve worked closely with him all year trying to get the best out of him.”
“Hopefully, he’ll carry that form on, and we’ll see him build on that next season.” “It’s also a target for Sylvain Marveaux,”
“He’s seen that Hatem’s come back from long-term injury and made the France squad.” “Hopefully, it’ll be the same with Sylvain. That’s the next project for him.”
Certainly Sylvain showed what a gifted player he is, in the second half of our final league game at Everton earlier this month.
If Sylvain can follow Ben Arfa’s lead and recover fully from some serious injuries to his groin and hip, that he has endured over the last eighteen months or so at Rennes and Newcastle, then a first team place could be waiting for him at Newcastle next season.
And if Sylvain shows the form he was in at Everton, then he could look like a new player for the Magpies next term.
And who knows, there’s no reason why he could not then be called up for France, in the future.