Welcome to Newcastle United’s ‘worth another go’ club.
The net result of a squad short on quality and numbers in recent years, has meant that the ‘worth another go’ club members have seen plenty of opportunities.
The players I am referring to, are those who by common consensus amongst fans and management, end up getting left out for long(-ish) periods but who end up back in the team, despite doing nothing in the interim to suggest they are any different to the players they were when they were dropped.
A few injuries in the wrong places and suddenly the club and local media are talking up some player who stank the place out the last time you saw him.
With Newcastle regularly failing to get rid of players who look to have no future at the club, it often seems only a matter of time before they are being talked about as ‘worth another go’.
Only this week we have seen the spotlight turned on Sylvain Marveaux.
Remember, this is a player who has made 13 Premier League starts in over four seasons.
Yet this week the local press and the club have made a big show of whether he could make a major impact this season.
I think the answer is no.
Likewise, Yoan Gouffran who has been appalling for the last couple of years, is now apparently on the brink of a possible recall. Not because he is any good, but because he is still here and the likes of Jack Colback and others could miss tomorrow.
Here is a list of obvious, and not so obvious, ‘worth another go’ candidates:
Papiss Cisse has obviously delivered at times in the past in an up and down existence but looks nailed on to only get a game now due to injury (or suspension…).
Cheick Tiote only has very distant glories to rely on, whilst Emmanuel Riviere has no past glories at all.
Vurnon Anita has done ok this season, although he does have those fans who think he is very good, whilst Steven Taylor can only be relied upon to be injured and/or hopeless within weeks of getting fit.
Sadly, Florian Thauvin has been a very quick victim of the early season chaos but will hopefully be given time to find his feet, to at least avoid being over-exposed and frustrating supporters, who may add him prematurely to the ‘worth another go’ club….
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