Sylvain Marveaux’s Newcastle career to date has been blighted by injury. The former Rennes man was close to sealing a move to Liverpool in 2011 just hours before he ended up signing a five year deal on Tyneside.
It was alleged that the Frenchman’s proposed move to Liverpool all broke down due to the fact the player failed a medical on Merseyside, despite Marveaux claiming that the hitch in the deal was down to personal terms not being agreed. Whatever caused the deal to collapse at Liverpool it would be Newcastle’s gain as they acted quickly to secure the winger on a free transfer.
Sylvain was described as ‘ a bullet dodged’ by a Liverpool fan I spoke to soon after the player completed his move to United. Indeed the player would be a risky signing as Marveaux signed whilst he was still injured following a long term groin injury that caused him some issues during the previous campaign. The question being asked by many was could the 27 year old prove his fitness and have a successful run in the team? This is a player that was once very sought after in Europe, with Manchester United being credited with interest once upon a time- he must have something about him!
Marv’s injury problems have continued this season with the former France under 21 star making only two first team appearances to date. Sylvain who has apparently been sidelined for the last few weeks with injury is said to be in contention for the Spurs clash on Sunday, but it remains to be seen whether the attacker will be passed fit for the fixture.
Newcastle fans have seen flashes of what the lad can do and there is no doubt he has a lot of ability, it’s just keeping him match fit that appears to be the main issue. The Frenchman has however struggled to feature as regularly as he would want to even when fit and available for selection. The Frenchman certainly has done everything right when he has been available, both on the pitch and off with an unquestionably good attitude. He has made himself popular with a large section of Newcastle fans who recognize the quality the player has on his day.
The player is thought to be keen to get more playing time under his belt and with the January transfer window fast approaching there appears to be interest in the player from abroad. It has been rumored that Sylvain could be made available for loan if not allowed to leave the club on a permanent basis in the new year. Understandably Marveaux is eager to make up for lost time and get playing regular first team football again.
I think it would be a shame to see the back of Marveaux. I think we have only seen flashes of what he can do, on the other hand his injury record is a cause for concern and we did get him in on a free transfer. With three years remaining on his contract we would be certain to receive a fee if he was to move on.
Sylvain is certainly been a noticeable absentee from Alan Pardew’s team sheets this season, he has had his well documented injury issues. But what is the true extent of his most recent injury? Has he had a nasty one, is he lacking general match fitness or does he just not really figure in the Manager’s plans? I don’t know the honest answer to that question.
Would you like to see Marv stay or would it be best for business to cash in now?