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The Strange Case Of The Frenchman Whose Face Never Fit At Newcastle United

7 years ago
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In close to two and a half seasons, this player has started only thirteen Premier League matches for Newcastle United.

As an attacking midfielder it gets worse, the Frenchman has scored only once in the league despite getting on the pitch 32 times in total in Premier League games.

The player? Sylvain Marveaux.

The midfielder/winger has had his share of problems but that doesn’t tell the whole story when you take into account Marveaux has come on as a substitute 19 times compared to only 13 starts.

When you also factor in that of the 13 times the winger/midfielder has started Premier League games, he has been taken off on 6 occasions, I think you have to accept that Alan Pardew doesn’t rate him.Even when Hatem Ben Arfa was injured for much of last season and the team crying out for creativity, Marveaux was left on the bench.

Now it appears certain he will leave, with clubs including one or two in Russia claimed to have an interest. When you add in the fact that he now even struggles to make the bench, is there really any point in keeping him on Tyneside?

Fans appear to fall into two distinct camps; those who point to his undoubted touch and creativity, while others think he’s a waste of space due to lack of workrate and the rarity of those times where Marveaux does turn it on.

Either way it looks like days are numbered on Tyneside and the opinion that most matters, that of Alan Pardew, is that the winger/midfielder isn’t for him.

He was always a risky ‘bargain’ signing as he was recovering from serious injury when Newcastle brought him in and certainly unless there is a remarkable turnaround, a player who has been a relatively costly failure.

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