Peter Beardsley’s verdict on Newcastle forgotten man Sylvain Marveaux

Sylvain Marveaux
Sylvain Marveaux

Sylvain Marveaux is slowly getting “up to speed” at Newcastle United after playing two games in five days.

The midfielder hasn’t kicked a ball in anger for the first team since March last year.

He’s got ability, there’s no doubt about it. We need to get him up to speed. To be fair to him, having played Monday, he could easily have given it a miss, but he wanted to play.

Peter Beardsley

But Marveaux has played back-to-back Under-21 Premier League games this week.

And football development manager Peter Beardsley hailed him after yesterday’s 2-1 behind-closed-doors win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, which was watched by head coach Steve McClaren.

“He’s got ability, there’s no doubt about it,” said Beardsley. “We need to get him up to speed. To be fair to him, having played Monday, he could easily have given it a miss, but he wanted to play.

“He’s been good with the group. He went down to Blackburn and was top class with the kids.”

Dan Barlaser and Adam Laidler were on target for Newcastle against Wolves.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United’s FA Cup third round tie at Watford will be played on Saturday, January 9.

Kick-off at Vicarage Road will be 3pm.

The date and kick-off time clashes with Sunderland’s trip to Arsenal on the same day, posing potential problems for police with both sets of fans travelling to London.