There seems little doubt that 22 year-old Gabriel Obertan is delighted to have joined Newcastle United today.
Gabriel Obertan – impressed with Pardew speech on Newcastle
In his interviews since signing along the dotted line today, what comes across with the French 22 year-old is a great excitement, and whatever Alan told the lad about his plans for the future of Newcastle, it certainly impressed Gabriel.
Obertan says Alan gave him a great speech which pleased him a lot. We’d like to hear that speech too!
Obertan joins Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and 18 year-old Mehdi Abeid as five French-born and French speaking players who all have lots of skills and will change the way in which Newcastle play, and for the better too.
And when you think that Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling has but five appearance sin total between them last season, then Newcastle have seven new players so far this summer, with a left back and striker likely to still arrive before September 1st rolls around.
And if we can get those last two players through the door, that would be seven new players on Tyneside, and effectively nine new players with Ben Arfa and Gosling included, which is not too bad at all.
Gabriel spoke to the local Newcastle press corps today:
“I already know Hatem.” “I don’t know Sylvain Marveaux Demba Ba or Yohan Cabaye but I am glad to be part of the same squad as them.”
“It is very exciting to be here.” “These times ahead can be exciting for us as a group.” “Two of the signings in Marveaux and Cabaye are two of France’s most technical players.”
“I had a chat with the manager about his plans and he gave me a great speech which pleased me a lot.”
“There is a lot of ambition here and it is a great challenge for me.” “I have heard so much about the atmosphere here, I cannot wait to impress these fans.”
Alan Pardew will now have to decide what he thinks his best team is for the first league game of the season at St. James’ park on Saturday, and w in would be a terrific way to start the new season after all the negativity of the last few weeks.
Howay The Lads!!