This is some interesting news for different reasons, reported by Sky Sports and the Northern Echo for the respective players.
Sylvain Marveaux is a new signing, but his latest reserves performance has ensured he is banging on the door with real intent to get into the 1st team fold. ‘Loverman’ in the meantime seems to keep having to prove himself to the fans over and over again, but appears content to just be a part of our set up.
I don’t mean in a lazy, collect my pay check attitude kind of way either. The guy has a habit of keeping his head down, getting on with his job and doing his bit when called upon. I’m not going to delve into too much detail about each respective player’s career journeys as they will both be covered at some point in the ‘fringe player focus’ articles.
All I will say is that in 78 appearances Peter Lovenkrands has scored 28 goals, a ratio of less than 3 games between goals. Although strictly talking Premier League, his ratio is pretty much 1 goal in 4 games. A lot of these are substitute appearances too. Not too shabby for somebody it seems our fans are not fussed about keeping! Out of the 3 games he has started this season, we have won them all and he has contributed with 2 goals for good measure.
Sylvain Marveaux on the other hand is a player our fans are already raving about despite having only made 2 starts alongside his 4 cameos as a late substitute. He had already demonstrated good technical ability, neat touches and passes and a couple of decent runs highlighting his speed. Then he stuck two balls into the back of the Bolton Reserves’ net the other day following an exceptional performance from both wings.
With our team performing so admirably and finding themselves mingling amongst the Premiership’s elite after seven games, it is incredibly hard for anybody not currently in the starting eleven to force their way into the fold. Alan Pardew could potentially find himself struggling to keep players such as these two happy when they are forced to settle for the odd fleeting appearance from the bench or some Carling Cup match against lower league opposition.
However, such is the team spirit and togetherness that has been created initially by Chris Hughton and then progressed by Alan Pardew and the unsung backroom staff, such as Assistant Coach John Carver, legend and Reserves Coach Peter Beardsley and First Team Coach Steve Stone to name but a few, that the players seem genuinely happy just to be doing their bit for the cause, no matter how big a part that actually is.
Marveaux had this to say on the subject;
“At the moment, it isn’t easy to get into the team because they are unbeaten. We’re all working hard and trying to show the manager what we can do,” the 25-year-old told the Northern Echo.
“I’m ready, and I’ll wait for my chance. The team is fourth in the table – that’s great. We have a good group here, and we know we have to keep going like this. I think we can do some great things this season. Everything’s okay and I’m happy to be here at Newcastle. It’s very good for us – we’re in a healthy situation. We’re winning football matches, and the guys on the wings are performing well when they’re asked to perform. Sometimes it is difficult to change a winning side.”
No signs of throwing his toys out of the pram there then. Meanwhile, Lovenkrands was asked for his thoughts on the matter too;
“That’s just the way it is,” Lovenkrands explained. “Even though I did well at Forest, I knew I probably wasn’t going to start on the Saturday because the other two (Leon Best & Demba Ba) had done fantastic.”
“You just need to wait for your chance and when it comes try to take it as best you can. It’s not the first time I’ve been in this situation so I know what to do. I hope if I get my chance again, I’ll grab it like I normally do. I’ve proved what I can do, so I know if I’m called upon, I’m ready. But I’m just trying to concentrate as much as possible on the team. If we get three points, it doesn’t matter who plays.”
So there you go, two lads just being good professionals. No rocking the boat, sulking or running to the press to bleat about not getting a fair chance. They are happy to keep on grafting and supporting their teammates until they get their chance.
If their attitude is a true reflection of the general ethos within the players’ camp then that can only be a good thing and sends out the right message to the youngsters looking to progress as Newcastle United players and future role models themselves.
Howay the lads!