Newcastle United left winger Sylvain Marveaux is joining Ligue 1 side Guingamp on a season-long loan, according to multiple reports. Marveaux is one of a handful of players who appears to be on the outs with manager Alan Pardew, but the Toon have been unable to find a suitor for him until now.
The oft-injured player's time at St James' Park can be summed up in one word: inconsistency. The good days outweighed the bad, in my opinion, but it's not enough for Pardew. Lee Ryder's report says that the loan move is meant to "free up space," and it's unclear if that's language communicated to Ryder by the Pardew or simply speculation on his part, but this is really an unnecessary move in terms of making room on the 25-man squad of players aged 21 or older. Newcastle currently have 27 such players, but that includes Jonas Gutierrez, who will almost certainly not play in the Premier League this season due to a clause in his contract that would include a large payday if he did, and several other players expected to go on loan, such as Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, and Sammy Ameobi, among others.
Sending Marveaux out on loan appears to be a statement on the part of Pardew, who has a history of blackballing players who don't fall in line. The move signals that Newcastle may not be done purchasing players. Rumors surfaced early on Tuesday that Mauricio Isla of Juventus may be nearing a move to Tyneside, but those reports have been squashed by local media. Still, connections to players like Alexandre Lacazette and Clement Grenier persist, and it's a good bet that at least one more striker will walk through the door.
At the end of the day, it's a shame that Sylvain Marveaux, who will remain under contract for two more years, appears to have kicked his last ball for Newcastle United. The once-promising star will now ply his trade for a club hoping to avoid relegation to Ligue 2.