Whether we are relegated or not this season, there will be a huge clear-out of players in the summer, and Newcastle are already active in trying to sign up players to arrive in early summer – but those plans will change drastically is we do take the drop – because most of the players we are after will not sign on if we become a second division club.
Sylvain Marveaux – Newcastle United winger
Sylvain Marveaux was signed in the summer of 2011 when we snatched him from under the noses of Liverpool on a free transfer from Rennes, and after having a fairly bright start to his career, he wasn’t given many opportunities at the club.
That resulted in him being sent out on a season long loan deal to Guingamp last summer, and he has played 23 times with two goals for the French club so far, and when he comes back in pre-season he will have one more year of his five year contract left.
PSG recently played Guingamp and hammered them 6-0 and after the game Sylvain was seen talking to former midfielder Yohan Cabaye and he was quoted as saying this:
“I miss Newcastle.” “It was good, but you know I was blacklisted.”
Some fans would agree that the 29 year-old was frozen out under Alan Pardew – and he didn’t seem to get too many chances.
But, as expected, John Carver has denied Sylvain was blacklisted on Tyneside – and this is what John has said about the comment:
“He had the same chance as everyone else this pre-season,” “Obertan in pre-season was on fire because he pushed his head above the water and kicked on.”
“If it wasn’t for that injury which set him back. He took his opportunity in pre-season.”
Carver is making the point that Obertan showed some good character in pre-season, and stuck in and until he was injured on November 1st against Liverpool, he was one of Newcastle’s best players early in the season.
We don’t expect Sylvain to be retained this summer, and he could either be sent out on loan again, or more likely sold to Guingamp for a fee.
Newcastle will try to bring in a number of new players to significantly strengthen what has been a very weak squad this season.
And we could still be relegated because of the lack of foresight and common sense shown by those running the club from the top – especially during the January transfer window when we should have strengthened a paper-thin squad.