When Sylvain Marveaux signed for the toon last year, there was excitement amongst the Geordie faithful that we had  captured a real talent. Yet with his season being ended prematurely by a groin injury, in the 2-1 home victory over Everton after just seven appearances for United, he had seemingly faded out of the minds of the average Newcastle fan.

Marveaux had earned rave reviews for his performances in the Carling Cup, particularly in the 4-3 victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, and was granted his big opportunity to prove himself against Everton. However, since he suffered injury, Jonas Gutierrez has had another solid, consistent season in the black and white shirt.

While on the other wing, Hatem Ben Arfa’s performances have at times this season drawn comparison to the likes of Lionel Messi, particularly with his two solo goals against Blackburn and Bolton, making it an unenviable task for Marveaux trying to break back into the side. Yet, with Newcastle playing Europa League football next season, Newcastle will have to at times play three games in a week, which would present Marveaux with an opportunity to prove his worth.

This is a man, let’s not forget, whose performances in Ligue 1 for Stade Rennais earned him 11 French under 21 caps and was so highly regarded, he was linked with other English heavyweights such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool before joining United.

Marveaux has also had experience of Europa League football with Rennes, and because of his experience and his undoubted raw ability, combined with the glimpses of talent he showcased in the Carling Cup games this season – Marveaux could yet prove to be a surprise package next season, if he can avoid injury and enjoy a healthy season on the pitch.

You could just about say that he will be like a ‘new’ signing.

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