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These Three Players Fighting For Their Futures At Newcastle

1:31 pm, Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

Some players will definitely be leaving Newcastle in the summer, and they include players out of contract like Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling, and others who will be leaving will include Gabby Obertan and Romain Amalfitano, who just haven’t made it at Newcastle, and Jonas Gutierrez, who is on loan at Norwich City, will also be leaving the club in the summer after six years on Tyneside.

ben arfa in action at soton 4-0

Ben Arfa – in action at Southampton

And then there are players who will be trying to prove to Alan Pardew over the last five games of the season, that they still have a future at the club.

This is what Alan Pardew has said about some of his players in the Shields Gazette today:

“There are still question marks about certain individuals, and whether they will stay here as we go forward as a football club.”

Two of the players who are fighting for their Newcastle careers are French wingers Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux.

In particular, things don’t look too good for Ben Arfa, who finds it hard to get in the Newcastle starting line=up these days and in the summer will only have one year left on his contract.

Sylvain Marveaux is a good player, but he doesn’t seem to have been given many chances by Alan Pardew this season, although in the first half of last season he looked very good.

Another player who may be moving in the summer is French International Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who had a shocker in the first half at Southampton, to go with a similar performance at Everton last year , and both times he was hauled off at half time.

Mapou can play quite solidly in most games, but he has too many of those games when he seems out of his depth.

It also may be too late for Steven Taylor, who is unlikely to be playing for his future, because we don’t think he’ll get in the side over the last five games, and Steven is now almost certainly going to leave his home town club in the summer, after 10 years of playing in the first team.

It looks to us like Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are the ones playing for their careers at the club through the end of the season – and Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan, Romain Amalfitano and Jonas Gutierrez will definitely be leaving the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Hatem Ben Arfa · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Newcastle News · Sylvain Marveaux

34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 yo-yo // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Can’t see MYM leaving. He’s still developing. Might well thrive better at another club with better defensive coaching though

  • 2 Blofal // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Mapou will come good. Most of the shockers he has had have come from when he has been shunted into a RB position.

    He was doing really well with Willo before he got unfairly dropped when Colo’s returned.

    From tjen on the only chance he has had is as a fill in at RB when Debuchy is out… he isn’t a RB Pardew!!!

  • 3 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Bit unfair of MYM. Hes had shockers but they’ve been noticely when hes played left or right back. Think hes looked good in the centre. He was unfairly dropped in my opinion and we looked most solid when he partnered Williamson

  • 4 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    For me, we have 5/6 players that don’t suit how Pardew wants to play… Gotta wonder whats easier, changing 5 or 6 players or 1 manager

  • 5 TheToonKing // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    fighting ? nobody in this team is fighting for anything…

  • 6 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Not only is Pardew stupid enough to keep playing Mbiwa right back when he’s proved he’s no good there and each time he plays there his confidence drops, he’s also stupid enough to think that this means he is not a good central defender. This is the problem with low intelligence British footballers going into management. No brains at all. All they can do is run around, be competitive, and head the ball. Guys with even medium intelligence like Wenger, Rodgers and Mourinho have a massive advantage.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Although Dirk Llambias’s ‘purple’ fiasco was kind off brushed under the carpet it gave us a mindset into how the club think, as the above posters mentioned MYm isn’t a full back, but under the current strategy we won’t ever have a natural RB to put pressure on Debuchy, as soon as Haidara is deemed good enough Santon will be gone and also with Tav, as soon as someone is forced to tell Mikey he’s good enough for RB, Debuchy will be gone, the whole set up is geared for survival and not success, Mashers is receiving a little praise for this academy he’s investing in, does anybody truly believe that if a star is produced he will be around long enough to become a Geordie hero.

  • 8 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    the question mark should be above pardews head

    well out of the players mentioned , I think we will end up given shola another year,

    the trouble with pardew is, the type of player he needs is stuck somewhere in 1970s and 80s, there like hens teeth now, the game has moved on

    the bigger problem with pardew is his brain seems to see it, as he talks a good game, just he never backs his talk of a good game with actions on the pitch, he has you believing he is an up to date , finger on the pulse manager, when the true fact is, he is average joe from the street, focusing on the defensive side of the game and failing big time, he keeps getting pulled out of the brown stuff by wonder goals or last minute roy of the rovers stuff,

    only 6 more years while he tops up his pension

  • 9 toon kk // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Alot of our players look as if they’re fighting to get out of toon.

    There won’t be a mass exit of players like most seem to think, new contracts will be offered to some. Don’t be surprised if Shola is one of the first to be given a extension.

  • 10 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    @jail completely agree, we’ll never have 2 top quality specialists for any 1 position. Im actually surprised we’ve not just got the starting 11, a spare keeper, 1 player who can play across the back 4 (MYM, 1 that can play across the midfield (anita?) and 1 that can play across the wings and forward line (gouffran. wed only need a squad of 15, The wage bill would be phenomenal.
    Can see Debuchy getting a big move in the summer, hes our best player IMO and could walk into an arsenal, man utd, liverpool team. Sad thing is Ryan Taylor will be the replacement if this happens

  • 11 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    @toon KK – i don’t think Shola will sign one! We screwed him out of being in the african nations winning nigeria team last year! He wanted a move in Jan On loan or permanent to get games this winter so not to miss out on a world cup squad and was told hed get his chance at Newcastle! I dont rate him or think he should play but hes deffo not had a run of starts since jan!
    Wouldnt shock me to see Gosling sign for another year tho

  • 12 guvnor // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Taking into account that Pardew is an idiot and doesn’t have the patience to allow certain players time to develop,any players who are ambitious should run away from the moron. Obertan isn’t as bad as Pardews made him out to be along with MYM Gosling Marveuax Biggi Haidarra Ben arfa and Cisse all have went backwards under this impostors reign.

  • 13 toon kk // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    NUFC is a very un stable club, we maybe more secure financially but that’s where everything ends, we’re even run like a club on the brink of going under.
    You always know relegation is just around the corner. I wouldn’t like to say what’s going to happen over the coming years. A lot of fans have had enough.
    Sad situation for a great club being neglected just to advertise SD basically. .

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Is Shola still in with a chance of WC.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Toon KK,
    We hear all the time how well we are doing financially and sound, yet at the same time it is rammed down our throats that we can’t compete, I don’t get it.

  • 16 guvnor // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Listening to Pardew moaning about not having the same financial clout as Southampton Priceless! Diego Simone the manager of Althletico Madrid is labouring under the same under investment yet he sets his side out to compete in games a word Pardew doesn’t understand.

  • 17 guvnor // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    The moron never learns anything from his numerous defeats, the strategy is the same every game.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    I find it incredible that the fourteen year old poster named mag shares a house with his fourteen year old son named guvnor. And even better, before finding out this startling admission I didn’t even know they shared IP addresses 🙂
    On that note I’m going to bed.

  • 19 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    @jail – i reckon he is! The nigerian manager has talked of shola being the only physical big striker he has and has raved about his experience and leadership! Hes done well when called up, got man of the match and a goal against italy not long back! Think he would have been a certainty if hed been playing regularly but be surprised if he makes it now

  • 20 guvnor // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Yeah but they print more intelligent information than your 50 years old crap.

  • 21 guvnor // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Jail how about stating something interesting about football

  • 22 toon kk // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    I just hope people really think hard before renewing season tickets, I saw the light two years ago.
    We need a little ambition not Pardews excuses 24/7

  • 23 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    I see Pardew on Sky Sport mentioning (again) that he took West Ham Cup to a fa cup final. I checked on wikipedia and they got to the final without playing any difficult ties.

    After 10-15 years in management, he’s so proud of this. Managers like Dennis Wise & Dave Jones have took smaller teams to the final. I’m sick of him mentioning he gave Noble his debut at 16. He’s a crap Pardew type grafter.

  • 24 guvnor // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    He never mentions that’s the first and last time he ever went there though as manager of a top flight football team.

  • 25 cyprus // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Pardew man,
    Read that statement in front of the mirror…

  • 26 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    What happens next season? Lets say we get a couple of good strikers. That pushes armstrong further away from a chance.

    But what happens if we need armstrong to come into a relegation battle? He won’t be prepared. Typical pardew planning.

    And the lad won’t know the “process”!

  • 27 North Atlantic Magpie // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    I don’t understand how a player like Cissé can get several games in a row without scoring, but Ben Arfa has one bad game and he straighr away loses his place in the starting 11. Why isn’t Ben Arfa givin a start in a position without defensive duties for serveral games to prove his worth!?!Pardew is unfair when it comes to Ben Arfa!!!
    Pardew out!!!!

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    I love Newcastle, but at the same time I am human – So Benny boy and Marv if you value what is left of your career then don’t stay here! Leave while you can; you will have the last laugh 😉

    Now this was not an invite to some of you to pass judgment and leave a remark. Just refrain and move on cause I simply don’t care. That might be harsh, but on the subject at hand I just don’t care.

  • 29 North Atlantic Magpie // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Just look at the stats! Ben Arfa is by far our best player in the attacking third.

  • 30 toon kk // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Ben Arfa is one of our best players, the only reason why I think Pards leaves him on the bench is because he’s the only game changer we have. After half our best 11 are taken out we rely on championship players at best.

  • 31 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM


    It hurts me think that Shola still had a chance of a contract after 14 years Fu***** up.

  • 32 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    West Ham the 4th team in Schalke cup.

  • 33 Mag52 // Apr 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    You’re so right about Benny and Marv.
    I can’t see them tearing up any trees elsewhere mind you. If they had anything like the work ethic of, say, a Suarez, now that would be a different matter.
    Yet as far as staying at NUFC, there’s no doubt that any player with ambition would be better off out under the present owner.

  • 34 beefman13 // Apr 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    North Atlantic, your right Ben Arfa is a game changer, but Pardew is not the manager for the kid, he would have been a phenomenon under Sir Bobby!!!!

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