Let’s Not Lose This Frenchman In January

Sylvain Marveaux is currently out injured,  and hasn’t been on the bench for Newcastle since the defeat at Everton on the last day of September, and there are some reports today that a number of clubs could be interested in the former French U21 International in January.

Sylvain Marveaux West+Ham

Sylvain Marveaux – good player

Sylvain is thought to be near to a return to the match day squad, and he could make the bench in the tough game we have at Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

There’s news that Newcastle will try to bring in  a striker and a winger and maybe even a defender in the January transfer window,  when Director of Football Joe Kinnear has another chance to prove he’s not totally inept, and can bring good players into Newcastle – after all that’s his job.

Tom Ince of Blackpool is one we could well go after in January, and if Tom is signed that could put Marveaux further down the pecking order at Newcastle.

Sylvain showed he is a good player last season,  and we think it would be a mistake to let him move in January because the squad is what it’s all about these days, and Newcastle need to keep strengthening the squad, and that means some players like Sylvain will not play every week.

That’s what happens at the big clubs in England, after all.

Spartak Moscow and former club Sochaux are said to be monitoring the winger, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle lose any players permanently in January – what we really need to do is to increase the size and quality of the squad, with two or three good players signed.

But Sylvain still an important player for Newcastle, even if he is on the fringes of the first team.

For the record Marveaux was signed in  the summer two years ago from  Rennes as a free agent, and he’s made 51 appearances for Newcastle with two goals and nine assists.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • sticklebricks

    Nov 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    51 appearances!! I wouldn’t have said he had played more than a dozen times for us, not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing!

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    good player just not consistent through the game and doesn’t work hard enough in defence or attack.

  • JackButler

    Nov 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t see how Pardew will find a way to fit Marv into the team as even Anita can’t get a start that often although he’s been the most consistent player we’ve had all season

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 5, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    9 assists, that’s not too shabby. Maybe he is what Benny should be, ie an impact player against tired legs in the last 20-25 mins.

    It’s amazing in the aftermath of a glorious win how people, me included, quickly forget how awful it has been previously.

    With the confidence gained we should really have a go at Spurs but you just never know which NUFC is going to turn up.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5


    I’d say 95% of the people who don’t like pardew would happily see him stay if he improved, it’s not just a dislike of the man people have, most who do dislike him have it down to his football.

    If he can get consistent good performances and results people will be happy with him, or the vast vast majority will be.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6


    also the good thing about spurs is they have only score 9 goals in 10 games….gives us a chance as they won’t/shouldn’t be blasting 3/4 past us to put the game out of reach.

  • Yohan Kebab

    Nov 5, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    apart from sunderland we have scored 2 goals per game going back till the 3rd game of the season, 2-1 to us against spurs would be a good bet

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    I see that the Blind Faith Brigade (also known as the Legion of Dishonour) are suggesting that as we beat Chelsea and their world class manager then it follows that Percy must be a world class manager. Next they’ll be further dreaming that pixies and elves live at the bottom of the garden.

  • Wayayman

    Nov 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Morning. Just makes me laugh that Pardew is getting credit for the change around on Saturday when it only came about because Tiote picked up an injury and had to come off.
    Pardew was forced into putting Anita on, and the little fella turned the game around for us. His link-up play is excellent, he has a fantastic range, puts in clean tackles, always is available to take it off the central defenders (vital with Willo ‘hoof-it’ in the team) and spots a pass and delivers it before moving forward to receive the return.

    Tiote on the other hand -and i am a fan of having an enforcer in the team- comes from the Ray Wilkins/Scot Parker mould of get the ball, shield it, turn around 360 degrees then pass it backwards or sidewards at best.

    Tiote has been very good for us recently, but when you see what a midfielder with a football brain can do for us -against a top quality midfield by the way- then it’s almost unthinkable that Anita doesn’t play for us every week.

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Mister Tuff @8…… and Ashley’s our fairy godmother!

  • 70TWO

    Nov 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Loan Marveaux out to get some regular games and improve his performances, then if we get into Europe again we will need him next season.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Nov 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #12

    I would be interested to know what kind of wages Marveaux is on, I suspect it is around 40k per week, which to me is too much for a bit-part player. We got him for free, and should be happy just to get him off the wage sheet, as I am sure we could get a first team player for those wages.

  • AmericanGeordie

    Nov 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #13

    I like Marveaux, and agree that he adds flair and creativity in the attcking end.

    However, he is a huge defensively liability, and as such he absolutely cannot be on the field at the same time as Ben Arfa. So the question one must ask is: would you rather have Marveaux or Ben Arfa in the team? For me it is Ben Arfa.

    Many Toon fans will remember Marveaux’s impressive offensive output in our back-to-back away games at Old Trafford & the Emirates last season when we scored SIX goals…..but just remember that we also shipped ELEVEN in those two matches!

  • aronkahh

    Nov 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah,but when Marveaux play..we scored a lot of goals.
    Emirates and old trafford—you remember..and i think he was the man of match.

    I think he play very well,he can pass,he can dribbling…
    Cisse and Marveaux good pair formed last year..so that marveaux not played much .. and there was a change..

  • NUFC Elf

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #15

    I like Marveaux, I think he is a good, pacey little winger with good attacking flair. I hope we do keep him even if it means he needs a short loan spell away to another club. Plus I got to meet Marveaux at the Metrocentre earlier this week!


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