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Marveaux And Obertan – New Creative Flair For Newcastle

9:26 am, Saturday, February 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

Basically Newcastle sold Yohan Cabaye during the January transfer window and didn’t replace him, and that will hit Newcastle through the end of the season, and while we thought Newcastle could perhaps challenge for a top six position, that will be very difficult now.

gabby obertan

Gabby Obertan – will get some playing time

And Alan Pardew has said today some strange things, and he mentions four players who have been on the periphery of the Newcastle team this season, but now they seem to have become important players.

This is what Alan gold the Shields Gazette today:

“Hatem and Sammy Ameobi – and Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan, to a degree – are going to have to give us some more creative flair”

“What I did fear was missing Yohan’s quality, and I was buoyed by the performance of Hatem and Sammy.” “We’ll have to progress with what we’ve got.”

“I don’t think there’ll be a problem with the team spirit, but results have an impact on that. “We’ve got to try to keep the same form we’ve had up to now until the end, and see if we can finish eighth or above.”

“Sometimes you’ll be surprised to see how players react,” “They were sad to see him go – we all were – because he’s a great player and a great person.”

“But on the other hand, we wish him well.” “He’s got a transfer to a huge club with Champions League football. We wish him well.”

We’ll just remind readers that PSG were a smaller club than Newcastle until July of 2011 when they were bought by a Qatar consortium, and in the last two financial years their revenues have gone up by 3.5 tines due to lots of Qatar companies investing in the side  with lavish commercial deals..

Newcastle fans will not be too excited about Marveaux and Obertan providing the new flair, but Ben Arfa and Sammy will now get their chance and they both looked great on Tuesday night.

But remember that Alan Pardew has been put in an unfortunate position (again) by the ineptitude of those handling the transfers into and out of the club, and he has a weakened hand to play for the rest of the season.

Alan has got little choice but to carry on, and we suppose he could bitch and moan about what’s happened – but that ‘s not his style  and that’s to his credit, and it rarely does any good in any case.

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Tags: Gabriel Obertan · Hatem Ben Arfa · Newcastle News · Sammy Ameobi · Sylvain Marveaux

38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 davetoon // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Sammi should be spending an hour practicing shooting from outside the box and free kicks after training if he ever wants to be a first team regular.

  • 2 JAMSHA // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    my team




    —————–Beni———Ding dong

    the reason i wana start obertan is coz we lack pace with both remy n guffo out

  • 3 Ben3arfa // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Ahhhh Pardew always trying to sugar coat diarrhea

  • 4 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    i’ve been fine up to now…but that statement of obertan providing our flair now has just pushed me over the edge.

    my dog has seen that look in my eyes before and has just left the room…my wife has just decided to go shopping and cleared the mantle piece of all pictures…she knows what’s coming.

    ed…if you made that up you’re a numpty…if pardew really said that then that’s even worse!

  • 5 niafron // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Anyone got an interesting story about the derby?

  • 6 John Tudor // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    drastic times call for drastic measures

  • 7 wynsleap // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Obertan will never provide creativity because he hasn’t got a football brain.
    Pardew talks out of his rear at the end of every window.
    Why have we got to put up with the three idiots in charge of this club? Enough is enough.

  • 8 Ben3arfa // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    I bet 10 quid Shola will start today

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM


    I said the same about players like jonas and obertan. Just make sure that when you get past your man you have done enough practice that more often than not your cross goes into a dangerous area and you have control over it. It seems football is odd for not enough doing that…look at sports like tennis or cricket where players will spend weeks or months developing a perfecting a new shot to add another dimension to their game.

    I still think we can push for top 6, man utd should have enough fire power with rvp, Rooney and now mata to get 5th, maybe even 4th but spurs and Everton don’t have that dominant forward like those or like Suarez (there’s similar on goals to remy) so we should be able to challenge them even if we don’t end up getting above them, there’s enough there to still push although we are the outside bet.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Tads…I think Løvenkrands has been breathing that thin Scottish air for far too long 😉

  • 11 RageAgainstTheRegime // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Ninety minutes of Shola. Anyone know how many minutes he has gone without a goal?

  • 12 geordiemark // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    be very interesting if Ashley and Kinnear show up today

  • 13 dannyhunt // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    ‘not his style to bitch and moan’? because he’s employed to be a yes man and manage players chosen, or not, for him!

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    People can post all the tediously long lists of squad comparisons and say we’re stronger now than last year yatter yatter, but the top and bottom of it is the we were desperately short of around five players last January when that was addressed and five players who all look the part were brought in, however five first team players have been allowed to leave, I’ll probably be told Stevie Harper wasn’t first team if I said six, however two loan signings have been made with one of them departing at tge dnd of the season, can anyone please explain to me the voundation of success in this plan.

  • 15 blew // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Jonas couldn’t do those things, nor
    could he cross a ball, beat a man
    with of pace – the list goes
    on. Yet he was still 1st choice for

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    A man once punched a horse !

  • 17 RageAgainstTheRegime // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Aye, but boy could that lad draw a foul.

  • 18 Tayls // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Sammy has great potential and just needs to develop that cutting edge. I have no idea where the goals are going to come from today with Shola leading the line. Then again remember when we sold carrol and lovenkrands and besty suddenly started to play? Hopefully those given there chance will take it.

  • 19 undercover reporter // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM


    What is the biggest derby in francais?

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I have no problem with us using Marv. – quite frankly don’t understand what has happen, but it seems with Cabs gone suddenly Pardew is changing the tune (a little bit sad honestly)

    …but Obertan? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry

  • 21 niafron // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Our stats against the Mackems.

    In PL we are:

    M. W D L goals
    at home 60 27 15 18 107 : 92
    Away 61 19 21 21 87 : 92
    ? 121 46 36 39 194 : 184

    In FA cup:

    M. W D L goals
    at home 5 1 2 2 5 : 9
    Away 2 1 1 0 3 : 0
    ? 7 2 3 2 8 : 9


    M. W D L goals
    at home 65 28 17 20 112 : 101
    Away 63 20 22 21 90 : 92
    Neutral Place 0 0 0 0 0 : 0
    ? 128 48 39 41 202 : 193

  • 22 geordiemark // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    there none jail, as we all know Ashley has made up to nearly 90m at our expense and god know how much since hes been here, if he is at the game today I hope our fans show him the respect hes given us

  • 23 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    they wouldn’t dare show up today

  • 24 davetoon // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    @TS exactly. I imagine Sami probably on basic contract and next 3 games with Remy out will be career defining.
    He should be grabbing the opportunity with both hands and demanding the ball and having a go at Hatem when he loses the ball or takes a wasteful shot or thanking him when he tries to pick him out.
    I mean its his fo0kin career that we talkin bout.
    Not wanting to pick on the lad as others are clearly in the same boat

  • 25 geordiemark // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    never dare a fool sparky

  • 26 alka // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:51 AM


    As long as we have those 3di–heads in charge of our club, things will never change even if a few thousand fans said enough is enough and stopped going. Fatman would probably come up with some scheme to put the club into debt and then liquidation.

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    I don’t think many people would be too bothered about Cisse leaving now (shame) but the fact the club were willing to sell him in the last few hours of the window really does show that the season is done and dusted and the TV money 99.9% guaranteed, is this going to be the benchmark from now on.

  • 28 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    PSG was founded on 12 August 1970, thanks to the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain. PSG has been playing in Ligue 1 since 1974.[1] Les Rouge-et-Bleu have won 3 Ligue 1, 1 Ligue 2, 8 Coupe de France, 3 Coupe de la Ligue, 3 Trophée des Champions, 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and 1 UEFA Intertoto Cup.[2] Having won 20 titles, Paris Saint-Germain is the fourth most successful club in France and one of only two French clubs (with Olympique de Marseille) to win a major European club competition.[3]
    They are the second best supported club in France after Marseilles
    20 cups in 40 years.
    I’ll just remind that PSG have never been a smaller club than the Toon

  • 29 geordiemark // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    and if he does that alka we can form our own team anyone can but cant see him doing that as he will lose millions doing it

  • 30 Transfer Sage // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM


    I still think we should have brought some quality in mind over january, but that’s done now.

    Like you say Sammy has been around the team on the fringe for a couple of years now, he should be starting to demand the ball, back himself and really be pushing himself in training (and extra after) to give himself every chance of being a success and earning himself a long contract, he could easily drop away into nothing if he doesn’t continue improve.

    I like what I saw from ben arfa at norwich, he was making excellent decisions (got the odd thing wrong but every single player does that), he was making the right choices which is what has held him back this year…..I think it’s been hard for him getting chucked on for the last 10min and told to make something happen, he has had little time to make an impact so has probably gone for goal too many times (also when he has come on we haven’t been great at getting proper support up to him so he has had to do a lot alone).

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    You’ve mentioned finance, give it five minutes and TeDiouS will be on here.

  • 32 niafron // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM





    Those are usually the most famous derby.

  • 33 geordiemark // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    we can all count divint need tedious for that hahaha

  • 34 sparky55 // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    he’s anything but a fool and we’ve chased him out the ground before so he’ll not let that happen again.

    His balls are not on the same scale as his brain or stomach so he’ll be watching it via al jazeera along with JFK and some fine wine.

    I think a Hardingesque departure from this mortal coil would be fitting…preferably with the cheque from PSG in his pocket

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Charlie from previous
    Spending for the sake of spending???
    Replacing your star player is not spending for the sake of spending ffs

    Couldn’t get the player? They’ve had since August to have a deal in place

    I’m sorry but the Bullsh*t coming from some people to justify this window is ridiculous

    People seem to think because Cabaye has been sold Marveaux Obertan and Sammy are suddenly going become the same class as the full French international that was the heart beat of the team?

    And what makes people suddenly think that because Remy has got a red card Cisse is going to turn into a goal scoring machine? We’ve lost our most creative player who’s going to provide the supply for him?
    For christs sake even Cardiff didn’t want to stump up a fee for the lad

  • 36 undercover reporter // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    For me the nufc vs mackemes derby is the biggest in England. It’s up there with the Glasgow, Boca junior’s vs river plate and the Roma vs Lazio derbies for sheer hatred for the opposition

  • 37 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    As happens time after time Pardew is misquoted again.
    He said :
    “With Cabaye gone ,everyone at the club ,especially Obertan and Marveaux ,will have to up their game”

  • 38 Jarra // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Well I’m up for it now, had me bit say earlier so sod you Ashley its not about you today its about the passion the love for my club, against the arch rivals where family pride gets bragging rights and we have took enough flack lately. Howay the real Lads

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