In recognition of any talented youngster beginning to make an impact within the game, many are quick to tag them with players past and present. The German youngster Mesut Ozil, discussed in an earlier article, has been dubbed ‘the new Diego’, quite a tag to burden the youngster with at this early stage. Many do live up to their billing however. Remember Gerard Houllier, declaring Bruno Cheyrou as the ‘new Zinedine Zidane’….he didn’t disappoint did he…
Next to receive such approval is Sylvain Marveaux, dubbed ‘the new Florent Malouda’, no Zinedine Zidane but a quality player nonetheless. If Marveaux can indeed reach such heights then he will have certainly made his mark.
Born in 1986 in Vannes, Marveaux joined Stade Rennes when he turned 16 years old and has spent his entire career thus far at the Stade de la Route de Lorient. He certainly comes from a football family as his older brother Joris Steve Marveaux plays for Montpellier.
The young Marveaux made his debut in the 2006/07 season, eventually ending the season with five goals. Up until last season Marveaux had encountered some difficulties in continuing his progression as a result of injury and time spent warming the bench.
The 2009/10 season saw many start to take note of his ability as Marveaux excelled for his club, making 33 appearances, scoring 10 goals, and making 5 assists. As an attacking midfielder, Marveaux is blessed with great pace as well as the technical ability to allow him to make goals for himself as well as assist his teammates. A regular at under-21 level for the French national team, Marveaux’s progress to the senior team may only be a matter of time.
At 24 years of age, the time is now if he is to make the next step in his career. Chelsea and Manchester United are the two clubs being linked with the Frenchman, and will have to pay a rumoured £8 million to take him to the Premier League, a sum both will comfortably be able to afford. Chelsea, especially, may be in the market for some new attacking players with the likely departures of Joe Cole, Deco, Juliano Belletti and others. With the average age of the Chelsea squad being discussed also, it may be a good time to inject some new, young talent into the side. What better way for Marveaux to try and become the new Florent Malouda than to play alongside the man himself at Stamford Bridge…
If Sylvain Marveaux is to meet such expectations and make an impact in the bigger leagues of Europe however, time really is of the essence.
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