It’s a good day for Newcastle fans in that the club have signed the fifth new player of the transfer window.
Gabriel Obertan – after signing for Newcastle today
22 year-old Gabriel Obertan joined Newcastle today on a five-year deal from Premier League Champions Manchester United.
The French under-21 international Obertan played a total of 28 times for the Red Devils with one goals , and he adds to Newcastle’s growing wing presence, in that the club now have Obertan, Marveaux, Gosling, Gutierrez and ben Arfa who can both play on either wing.
And we shouldn’t forget a certain Joey Barton, who maybe could be used in central midfield next season, and of course Gosling can also play in central midfield, and Ben Arfa can play as a withdrawn striker up front, so Alan pardew seems to have quite a few options for next season.
The 22-year-old winger is a product of the French Football Academy, Clairefontaine, and he started his career at Bordeaux, where he made his debut as a 17 year-old five years ago.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had this to say to the official Newcastle site after the signing today:
“Gabriel is a player I’ve watched for the last couple of seasons since he arrived at Manchester United.”
“He has great pace and excellent technique and he has improved his power in the last 12 months and is ready now to make a real impact in the Premier League.”
“I contacted Sir Alex about him early at the start of the summer to see if there was an opportunity to bring him to Newcastle, but it wasn’t until Wayne Routledge joined Swansea that we were able to bring him in.”
“His best years are ahead of him, which is exactly what we want at this club, and with the backing of our magnificent fans I’m sure he will prove an excellent signing for us.”
Gabriel will be in the reckoning for a first team place in the side against Arsenal on Saturday evening, and with Joey Barton also now likely to be available for selection, there will be quite some competition for the two wing positions at the Newcastle club next season, and that has to be good.
We wonder if Argentine Jonas Gutierrez will now be available for sale, just a thought, and probably a bad one at that.
Howay The Lads!!