Probing Newcastle’s new signings – Sylvain Marveaux.

Posted on June 25th, 2011 | 9 Comments |

Sylvain Marveaux.
Marvellous Marveaux in action for Rennes.
Welcome to second in my small series of ‘blogs looking at Newcastle United’s new signings in the latest transfer window. In this episode, I will be looking at free Rennes signing and French Under 21 international, Sylvain Marveaux.

Like the previous subject in this series, Yohan Cabaye, Marveaux is another very versatile little Frenchman with silky skills on the ball. He is just over 5’7″, has a very good turn of speed, and can play in a variety of midfield places with aplomb, though he has been mostly employed as a left sided or central attacking midfielder. He received 11 caps with the French Under 21 side, scoring 4 times, which isn’t bad at all really. However unlike Cabaye, he is yet to play with the full national side. His club scoring record At Rennes was 18 goals in 118 games.

Although a deal for Marveaux has been fully agreed, he will not become a Newcastle United player until July 1st when his current contract with Rennes expires and he becomes a free agent. On his agreement to join the club, manager Alan Pardew said:

“It’s a great coup to have signed Sylvain, who has received interest from a number of other clubs.

“He may not be well known to many of our fans but he is a real talent and a player we have been keeping an eye on for some time.”

One of those “other clubs” were Liverpool FC, who were allegedly on the verge of signing the player when Newcastle United made a daring ‘swoop’ for the player as the football hack parlance goes.

Once again like Cabaye, Marveaux is not the only footballer in his family, his older brother Joris is a also a midfielder for another French Ligue Un side, Montpellier HSC.

In yet another similarity with his compatriot and fellow new Toon signing, his best league season as an individual was probably the season before last (2009/10) at Rennes, when he made a total of 38 appearences, scoring 12 goals and providing 5 assists. In his last season there however, he suffered the recurrence of a major groin injury which also afflicted his 2008/9 season, resulting in him playing only 6 games that year. This time he required surgery and played in only 10 games for the club, scoring a single goal and providing two goal assists. It has been speculated in the media that Marveaux’s move to Liverpool was scuppered by the player failing a medical there because of this, however the story has been vehemently denied by Marveaux, with him stating that a failure to agree on contract terms was the real reason behind the move falling through.

Marveaux in action.


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9 Responses

  1. He lloks like he’s got a bit skill and a good eye for a pass/ footballing brain that you rairly see in english players. He could probably play on the right wing aswell, looks like he can dribble and drift inside. Two things he will add to our team is PACE and CREATIVITY. Thank the lord.

  2. Great signing, in a similar mould to Lauren Robert just hope he’s not hot and cold like Robert was at times. Just need a good quality striker, left back and another midfielder.
    Any rumours?.

  3. DJG – Totally agree with the much needed creativity. I can cope with us not winning anything as long as we are entertained along the way, god forbid we turn into Stoke….!!! :\

  4. StaffsToon says:
    June 25, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    “I can cope with us not winning anything as long as we are entertained along the way, god forbid we turn into Stoke….!!!”

    Staffs, When I first started supporting the club as a bairn, about five years after we won a European trophy, I might have said the same as you. Now though, I’d even carry Big Sam back from West Ham to Barrack Road if there was a major cup guaranteed at the end of it. We must win a major trophy in colour then I can die a happy man after my decades of hell as a Newcastle United supporter.

  5. @worthyticket

    Man i couldnt have said it better myself but why cant we entertain people while we win a few trophys please god sometime in the near future iv a small fella he,s 4 and already nufc through and through i just hope we can win something in his lifetime never mind my own lol

  6. We will hads, have faith. And we won’t need no big Sam to do it either. ;)

    Common misconseption #3. To win something now you need to turn into a percentage, route one team.

    One word. Barcelona!!

  7. GD says:
    June 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm (Edit)


    What’s worst of all GD is that the only time I’ve ever touched a genuine major football trophy was when a certain other North East team won the FA Cup in 1973. Then we were knacked by Keegan in the final the year after. :-(

  8. you would think on the face of it,he was a good signing,but if you look at the lads career,he was a prospect about five year ago.
    since then he has had a series of serious injuries,even having to have a haematoma removed from his thigh,and that was before his recent troubles.
    sorry lads he’s a crock brought in as another gamble by fatboy,to try and pacify the fans.