Newcastle reserves beat their Bolton counterparts last night to go top of the Premier League Reserve League North.
I’ll let you all calm down after that earth shattering news.
Ready? Ok. The huge plus point from the game against Bolton last night has to be the form of Sylvain Marveaux.
The former Rennes winger bagged himself two goals with Sammy Ameobi bagging the other in a 3-0 victory for the away side, and with Alan Pardew watching on you’d have to think that Sylvain Marveaux is the one player giving the manager a real selection headache at the moment.
Marveaux actually played on the right last night, and it was from the right where his first goal came from after he cut inside and finished with his left foot. His second goal was a close range finish after good work from Shane Ferguson on the left.
Can we read anything into his position? Maybe a different option to Gabriel Obertan perhaps, especially as Jonas Gutierrez seems to be enjoying a fine run of form on the left? Either way, Marveaux can’t really do much more to enforce his case for getting involved in the first team and he has now shown that he has goals aswell as assists in him.
No doubt last night will have been more of a fitness exercise for certain individuals, including the source of our first goal of the evening, Dan Gosling. The former Everton man slipped in a through ball which Sammy Ameobi finished to cap off another decent performance from the Devonian. However he still finds himself struggling to make an impact on the first team which means that he is allegedly available for loan.
I don’t know if he is or isn’t, but it would make sense for Gosling to go somewhere and get games and fitness if he isn’t going to get them here. There is a chance that he will become more involved in January when Cheik Tiote is away on African Nations duty, so it would make sense for Gosling to get fully match fit ready in case he needs to be called upon. Remember, he has been out for a very long time.
Rumour has it that Doncaster are interested in taking Gosling on loan, and to be honest I think a stint in the Championship may do Gosling the world of good. Even if it’s only a month or so, it surely has to be better than playing reserve team football?
Has Marveaux earned a chance in the first team? If so, where would you play him? Would allowing Dan Gosling out on loan be a shrewd move?
As ever, your thoughts please.