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Former Newcastle United French winger now tries his luck in America

3 weeks ago
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With five years of wages and only 13 Premier League starts and one goal, Sylvain Marveaux was arguably the worst signing of Newcastle United’s tunnel-vision pursuit of ‘bargains’ from Ligue 1.

Most proved not up to the job and in many cases Newcastle struggled to move them on, as Premier League level wages for substandard players, meant that French clubs couldn’t afford to take them back over the channel…unless the player was / is prepared to take a substantial pay cut.

Sylvain Marveaux arrived in summer 2011 but never looked to have his heart in it, though despite that he claimed in December 2016 (see below) to ‘not regret at all’ his move to Tyneside, speaking some six months after his departure.

There again, five years of Premier League wages in return for 13 league starts must look a bargain for many players.

The fact he was happy to see out his lucrative contract at St James Park rather than look for a permanent move and football elsewhere on reduced money, tells you everything. Sylvain Marveaux last starting a Premier League match on 31 August 2013 and not leaving until almost three years later.

Rafa Benitez assessed the situation very quickly and never entertained Marveaux in his Newcastle squad, instead paying both him and Obertan off early.

Sylvain Marveaux got picked up by Lorient and starting 24 Ligue 1 games in his first (2016/17) season, the former Newcastle winger was part of a team that ended up relegated.

After three years in the French second tier, Sylvain Marveaux played 19 times in 2019/20 as he helped Lorient get promoted but started only two league matches last (2020/21) season as the French club stayed up in Ligue 1 by two points in 16th place.

Now 35 and set to be a free agent at the end of June, L’Equipe now report that Sylvain Marveaux will try his luck in the United Soccer League (USL), the second tier of football in America.

They say that Marveaux has agreed a deal with Charlotte Independence, a club based in North Carolina and who are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Sylvain Marveaux talking to Le Telegramme – 10 December 2021:

 “It was an experience (at Newcastle United), an opportunity that I don’t regret at all.

“It is also good to try something else, you don’t realise how high the level is. That’s what makes the difference between a good player and a great one.

“The last year (at Newcastle), I didn’t play at all.

“I was waiting to find a club and an environment where I would have my chance. To be a part of it all every weekend.

“Lorient was my first contact and it stuck straight away.”

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