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Marveaux and Obertan – Confidence Needed?

10 years ago

Clearly both Marveaux and Obertan have some talent – they must have, so what is lacking is surely confidence.

Witnessing both of their frankly pathetic performances last night, against an inexperienced youthful Manc back 4, when surely they should have made hay.

A similar performance to their efforts against that dreadful Greek team that we faced in the Europa play-off, when they had the freedom of the park and they did nothing – nearly getting us knocked out of Europe at the first go.

They act like a in the headlights when put on the pitch and unlike a ‘tough tackiling’ full back or central midfield player there is nowhere to hide if you are ‘creative’ and off form. Their game is based around skill and talent but they are too scared to take anyone on (Tavernier put more crosses in than both Marveaux and Obertan put together, whilst Ferguson produced the only decent cross of the night).

It was sickening to watch Obertan one against one with his full-back, then turning back and laying the ball back to Tavernier….Marveaux though was actually worse as he showed no inclination at all to want the ball and has the French attitude to tracking back.

Our 3 great French wingers (Ginola, Robert and Ben Arfa) have had times when they are poor, they become sulky and offer nothing on the pitch but you always felt there was something to come – they could produce some magic at any time. There is no such feeling with Marveaux and Obertan.

It must be confidence (I do not accept they have no talent) but how long does Pardew give it – he has given them games against poor opposition, no doubt they are excellent in training, I bet there are psychologists in the club but none of it seems to be working.

It is in the individual’s head but we cannot afford to keep playing players so patently out of form  – Sammy and Ferguson must be given their head in the next Europa game.

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