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Forgotten Winger Now Fit – Plays For U21s

3:35 pm, Monday, September 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Sylvain Marveaux last played for the Newcastle first team eighteen months ago, but it seems he is finally getting over the groin injury he picked up in early July and hasn’t played since then.

But he played in the first half this afternoon for the Newcastle U21 side who drew 1-1 with Swansea at Whitley Park – a game that kicked off at 1:00 pm.

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Sylvain Marveaux – coming back from injury – in action today

The plan was always to give the former French U21 International just 45 minutes as a slow but sure introduction back to playing, that will hopefully have him fully fit in a few weeks time.

Rob Elliot got a full game in as did Gael Bigirimana and young striker Ivan Toney, after making his Premier League debut late in the game on Saturday against Chelsea.

Toney put Newcastle ahead in this game after 60 minutes, but Swansea equalized on 65 minutes.

It was good that Steve McClaren was at the game to watch Marveaux and some others play – to see how they are coming along.

It´s always good when the head coach attends these games to show the youngsters coming through that they are important to Newcastle.

Sylvain will have been told that he has a chance to make the first team if his play is good enough – so he does have something to play for – with his five-year deal at Newcastle running out next summer.

According to people at the game Sylvain looked very decent in that first half and did himself no harm at all in front of Steve McClaren.

We signed Marveaux as a free agent in June 2011 from Rennes and he is a very good technical player.


Newcastle: Elliot, Sterry (Suddick 75), Adu-Peprah (Gibson 18), Bigirimana, Newberry, Cameron, Cobain, Hunter, Toney, Marveaux (Longstaff 46), Barlaser.

Swansea: Vickers, Shephard (Alfei 77), Hanley, Maric, Davies, Gogic, Copp, Jones, McBurnie, Holland (Biabi 68), Hedges.

Attendance: 253

Tags: Newcastle News · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth · Premier League · Sylvain Marveaux

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Another player who should be shipped out, all this talk about him having potential is rubbish, I remember him coming on against Spurs at WHL once and every time the camera showed him he wouldn’t move a muscle, tads was actually at the game and said it looked worse in the flesh, anybody trying to prove themselves would bust a gut, another journeyman we got for free just happy 5o pick up 25K or whatever a week before disappearing into obscurity !

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Like what I have seen of the two cameo performances Tomey has played – looks a good prospect – but you could of said that about a lot of the youngsters we have brought in the past

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Unfortunately the lure of the capital deprived us of that Dele Alli ? and Eric Dier I’ve read two seperate reports in different papers on how good they look.

  • 4 Whumpie // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    He’ll need to do something pretty special to get back in reckoning – but as Ed says, it’s good that the gaffer is giving these guys the chance and taking the time to watch.

    Who knows; Marv may do better with Maclaren’s style.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    I also read this morning that Loic Remy was one of the players hinted at not putting on a shift against us, you’d think that a player in his position would give absolutely everything, earning such vast fortunes obviously affects some players in the wrong way

  • 6 Whumpie // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    I remember the game Jail is on about, and he’s got a point. Marv looked like he really could not be arsed at that one, and it wasn’t the only occasion.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Still baffles me as to what happened to Bigiriama ?

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    I’ve admitted on here on numerous occasions I’m not the best on tactics and formations, what is Mclarens style exactly, I don’t see one ?

  • 9 lesh // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:23 PM


    Rather than London being the key to Sperz signing Delli Ali, I’d suggest that they showed more desire to sign him up whereas friend Charnley was waiting for the lad to get back to him. Something tells me that our erstwhile MD may not be as proactive as he should be.

  • 10 terencelim // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Ashley OUT.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    I was trying my best to avoid blaming him for not landing them !

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Surprise Surprise another player Jail doesn’t rate, is there anyone at the club you do rate.

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    According to Wikipedia, he’s only played 38 times for Newcastle, i bet half of those was coming off the bench.

  • 14 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Remy was woeful – Chelsea can keep him.

    Deli Ali was outstanding this weekend against Shitty. dier also looked decent.

    I’ts not just money that stops us signing these players a lot of it is the lure of the capital and it’s big lights. Players can hide in London and Manchester unlike the TOON where they are in the spotlight on and off the pitch

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    To many on here jumps on the band wagon very quickly.

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    You Made a good point earlier on reguarding Tim Krul as a captain.

  • 17 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    At the moment I think Krul is the only candidate to take the captaincy- It might make him shout and organise the defence a bit more.
    I know his pass outs and positioning for whipped in crosses are not the best. It also looks like the coaches have been working on him coming for crosses and if they can sort out his positioning he could become a very good captain

    some teams have been successful with the keeper as cptain.

  • 18 Whumpie // Sep 28, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Me too – he showed some great attitude and skill when he first arrived. It does seem that with some players they just never get past that level, though. Only a tiny few progress, sadly.
    But I’d like to see him given another chance; looked good to me.

  • 19 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Why was De Jong not playing in this U21 game? He should be made to play as much football as possible its the only way he can get up to speed

    5 minutes when we are up against it is not going to help his fitness at all

  • 20 CisseSomething // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    anyone else see Ben arfa for nice? doing well it seems.

  • 21 barkel // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    On Bigi –

    From the Express, Saturday:

    Gael Bigirimana felt the full force of Newcastle United’s crackdown on dressing room indiscipline when he was ordered to travel down to London by himself for an Under-21s game.

    The midfielder who has made 13 appearances for the first team was missing when the development squad assembled at Newcastle’s Central railway station for Monday night’s game in the capital against West Ham.

    The train containing the Newcastle squad left without him and when he eventually phoned in to make his excuses he was told in no uncertain terms to catch the next train to London King’s Cross.

    A chastened Bigirimana, who has played for the England Under 20s side and who was born in Burundi eventually caught up with his team-mates.

    But he was left on the bench only coming on for the last half hour in a 2-2 draw between the sides.

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Ah welsh,
    And here was me being hopeful you’d found a new computer game or a girlfriend after not seeing your pointless offerings for a while .

  • 23 Whumpie // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Oh, dear. Naughty Bigi. 🙁

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    I was on a hundred quid a week at 19 and struggled with Monday mornings gawd knows what it must be like for those lot !

  • 25 davis_toons // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    HBA is one of my fav player and he is not well manage in Newcastle team.

    Mind your words..he is not “bloody useless” maybe that can be use on Owen but not him. Comparing Price Tag, Assist and Goals.and yes..wages..enough?

    Remember the 1st time he broke into the scene? Teams as good as Everton and Man City couldn’t even suppress and control him.

    Every Everton players are trying only to launch on to him. Too bad he was on Fire and blast a shot that hardly anyone could handle.

    Man City – Joleon lescott was lurk out by his tricky

    How dejong hurt him. And he comes back in no time unlike some here that sit around hospital beds.

    Coming back to find out that AlanEPuppet is the New Manager. I believe he would have been better under Chris Hughton. Alan and his “sam allardyce” football or even worst.

    Under Alan Pardew cum Mike Assley management of ..”Attacking Football” There was no way he could survive.

    Technical players that he have played together well with was sold away 1 after next until..there was no longer the kind of players in this club at the time for some quality passing football.

    Who was to blame? ..Ben Arfa the player? (he is what he is) Wasn’t that the problem with the club top down?

    After those sales..which team mates of Ben Arfa have some skill or guts that can hold on to the ball or make a good pass when oppositions are charging at them? NONE.

    He was on the Field often running or asking for the ball but his teammates was not even capable to offer him the pass. They are either under stress that they needed to get rid of the ball on their feet or they just doesn’t have what it takes to understand the passing game.

    How often have you seen a 1-2 passing?
    (I cant even remember being fair on Pardew)

    Is that call team-work?

    My Take on Steve with Ben Arfa will be better utilize.
    And no such ‘dirty treatment’ for a player. Alan Parew is too far from techincial.

    He is most suitable to be in CP and current Stoke and Westham cant even endure him.

    I’m not sure how far Steve McClaren and its promising staff can bring us but at least i know what i’m watching.

    He no longer offer Obertan guaranty 1st teamer and Perez have been notice.

    Team play was much better. There were chances created waiting to be put in. Players are new and some are inexperience trying to adapt to new position and way of play which can be harder for some as they are not as skillful or etc.

    He might not have the New Manager Effect but certainly better than Alan Pardew “Attacking Football”.

    Even if he were to resign or got sack. His philosophy is still way better.

    And apart from that i believe McClaren have something up in his sleeve for derby matches..haha

    And we didn’t get slaughter against Chelsea.

    Our results will come as long as the players keep their faith with the Coaches.

    And MA supports good recruitment and club success.

  • 26 Whumpie // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    CisseSomething – of course HBA is doing well. He’s playing in a league where petulance, ignoring team-mates, only putting in effort when you feel like it and NEVER defending are considered normal.

  • 27 Whumpie // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Amazing 2nd goal last nigh, though 🙂

  • 28 Whumpie // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    davis_toons – we’ll have to agree to disagree on HBA. For all his flair and those occasional bits of brilliance, he just took up space on the team sheet for no product. He never looked up and pass, the vast majority of his runs ended up with losing the ball – often with goals conceded as a result – and he never tracked back to defend. That may be ok in Ligue1, but didn’t cut it here and never will. Great shame – but he’s found his place and should stay there. Good luck to him.

  • 29 Ibizatoon // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    It’s good to see the tried and tested HBA debate is still alive and healthy.

    Missed the game on Saturday, had a funeral to attend. I was checking the updates and was, as I imagine most others were, disappointed in not taking the 3 points, but it’s hard not to look at it as an improvement on the rest of this seasons showings so far.

    Let’s see if that can be built on.

  • 30 JackButler // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Can you imagine Marveuax on one wing and Thauvin on the other?

    All you’d need is a stiff breeze and we’d be down to nine men

  • 31 Tsunki // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Do you mind not barging in Ibiza we’re right in the middle of a tried and tested Ben Arfa debate 🙂

  • 32 JackButler // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    HBA, the most overrated, overhyped , underachieving player to ever wear our shirt.

    There, I said it, for the love of god people, move on, he’s gone, he’s never coming back. We’ve lost far more important players and people don’t bat an eye, but because HBA is seen as the reason we failed under Pardew he’s held as a godlike player.

    It’s an old and boring debate/argument

  • 33 Tsunki // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Whumpie I understand the divide on HBA but I would say I never expected him to track back, many attacking players aren’t noted for it, and he predated Pardew and his everybody defends even when attacking style. Also I remember a few games where he suddenly caused problems getting to the byline in the penalty area but nobody on his passes into the box, also quite a few games where he was simply bypassed by the tactics on the day. I recall one match he started and was dubbed mid second half, simply because Pardew had us doing all our forward stuff through Santon and Jonas on the left. I can still remember him waving to switch it which we never did. I think a lot of his off field controversy stemmed from frustration.

  • 34 davis_toons // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Whumpie, i do agree with you on some points on HBA as but teammates are horrible i doubt he wound want to pass..haha. He might need some coaching on some of his weakness but only with the right coaches. Not John Caver and Such…They aren’t going to help.

    And i don’t mind us getting rid of some “sicko” (sorry about that) and put Ben Arfa on the Bench. That might look slightly stronger.

    but anyway he is the past.

    Our up coming match will be closely watch. “‘We don’t demand a team that wins, we demand a club that tries”

    If we can put in another such performance our win cannot be too far away.

  • 35 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:08 PM


    would you rather have the HBA debate, or a few posts on Austin again? lol

  • 36 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:09 PM


    poll please… HBA v Austin, which failing was better…. 🙂

  • 37 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Ah the good old Ben Arfa debate !

    I must admit I actually think Perez is better than him he just needs a proper run in the team with a free role to take him to the next level

  • 38 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Oh god not this waster!

    Still reeling with that last ten minutes yesterday! Gutted.

  • 39 Jib // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:15 PM


    I know what you mean – Robshaw should have taken the penalty 😎

  • 40 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Lol I mean Saturday! Gutted me like that should of been the first win! Not expecting nout at City, think Toure is injured though.

  • 41 davis_toons // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Tsunki, good fine details on HBA. That’s the problem with Pardew…but its over anyway..glad it is…

  • 42 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Riviere to Wolves? Can only benefit him..

  • 43 davis_toons // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    ..Poor Brendan Rodgers ..

    “I don’t like managers getting the sack because I think it is a really difficult job but he’s not won for six games – apart from on penalties against a League Two side,” he said.

    “I don’t think Rodgers can afford to lose any of his next three games. It’s a massive 10 days for him. Absolutely massive.” – BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson

  • 44 Ibizatoon // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Dok…That’s a hard one. I suppose Austin, as there is still a chance he might play for us one day…maybe.

    Tsunki…Me? Barge? Never. Just ignore me, that’s what I often do. Wait, who said that?

  • 45 welshgeordie9 // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Pointless offerings is it jail, coming from a person who keeps saying Ashley out every five minutes.

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