Pardew On Obertan – His Best Years Are Ahead Of Him


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in central midfield next season, and of course Gosling can also play in central midfield, and Ben Arfa can play as a withdrawn striker up front, so Alan pardew seems to have quite a few options for next season.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!!

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60 comments so far

  • Toonboy_83

    Aug 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #1

    1st gutted lads!!!

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  • Sambo from belgium

    Aug 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #2

    TOONARMY!!!!
    oh man!!! Hope he’s not injury prone! but great signing!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    @toonboy_83 – First Time? 🙂

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #4

    You’d want to bloody think so Ed – he’s only 22!!! 🙂

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #5
  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #6

    ED: Update the Newcastle Transfers on the right mate!!

    Rout has left
    Abied & Oba have come in!

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #7

    need a stricker

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #8

    This is fantastic news, 5 players signed, all seemingly great moves, and we’ve spent a total of £1 million. If i was liverpool or sunderland, i’d be crying. Great job Carr and Pards. Keep em comin!!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Good job. If we can atleast sell Enrique for 7-8million. We can replace him with Pieters. And then sign another striker for 4-5million. Total net spend could be just 1 million. Fantastic business so far. Have to applaud Ashley for that.

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  • dubzy

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10

    looking at some of these tricks i think we got the next ronaldo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FLsaPilQVg

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  • Senior

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Dannyo, aye a bet their cryin their eyes out having signed carrol, suarez, adam, downing, henderson, wickham, half of man u…..their cryin with laughter at us havin that tit in charge

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m loving all of this positivism !

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  • Graeme

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #13

    We certainly appear to have huge options in midfield and out wide. All we need now is a STRIKER who can score the goals from the chances that our midfield and wide players will undoubtedly create.

    Its not bloody rocket science is it!!!! With a Shearer type number 9 he would score for fun with the creative players we now have – We have only had SEVEN MONTHS to get him in, the season starts in FOUR DAYS and we are still waiting to find out where our Number NINE is?????

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  • dave_barron363

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Roshan – i read Ed’s stories everyday and your usual comment is “We need a stricker”, can you please explain to me what a stricker is as i have been following footy for 20 years and have never heard that term…

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  • dave_barron363

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #15

    ilovetoon8778 – yes you do have to applaud him for having a net spend so low, but six weeks ago we were all told that the £35 mill from Carroll would go back into the club, so why are we spending pittance?

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  • Senior

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Striker will be heskey, el toro will go and be replaced with michael ball / denis irwin. Obertan does not look like obama, he looks like Squidward off Spongebob.

    ASHLEY OUT

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #17

    @12 – whats that word? i think you mean positivity dude.

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  • Toonboy_83

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #18

    dubzy, I would hope he will be as good as Ronaldo but I don’t think Sir Alex would let a future Ronaldo leave…. I do share the same hope however.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m really confused as to why we haven’t gone for Shane Long. Exactly what we need – pace up front! – and looks like he’ll go to WBA for only £6 million.

    Seems silly really, I’m quite confused…

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #20

    @Senior – Ashley OUT calls are going to do us no good. Come on – lets stay Positive here. A striker and LB in by August 30th and we are laughing for this season…

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  • Andy

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Good start to the day. 5 good signings this year. 4 midfielders! haha. Does anyone know where stoke are getting all their money from? Putting together a v good side there

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  • outsidethebox

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #22

    bit worried about pardieu quote ….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.”….does this mean one to leave before one arrives …?

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Just been having a look on youtube at the lad, from the videos I’ve seen, he seems pretty composed on the ball, and has good strength.

    On another note, been talking to my mates about transfers, most of them are big club supporters (Arsenal, Man U, Chelsea) and they seem quite jealous about us signing Cabaye, for the money we got him for.

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  • Senior

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #24

    No cash left, all being spent on new lamposts and paint for a certain area in Lahndan

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #25

    @Toondownsouth – I dont think he is our guy. I think he is way over-priced for what he is. European striker is the way – that guy who plays for Rangers is pretty handy – Jelovic or something?

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Good work Pardew, Ashley and Co. We have replaced a guy who was making no impression on the league, with a guy who has real potential to do so, for small bucks. We may have our issues about Ashley, but no more Luque’s, Michael Bastard Owens etc for us….

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  • tobes

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Pumped for the weekend. Time to F*&K Wenger’s S%&T up.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #28

    How much did Obertan get as Salary – anyone know? It will give us indication of what is on offer for a striker?

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Stokes owner owns bet 365 I think.
    Hes a lifelong Stoke fan.

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  • Senior

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #30

    @ichrisho, you settle for second best wor kid. Me, Im gonna sit here and watch Ginola bend one in past a flat footed Schmeichel over a decade ago and remember when my club was great.

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  • adam20692

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Really dont understand why we dont just buy dentinho from shaktar b like 14mill tops and is only 22, tipped as next ronaldo will score 20 goals a season boom sorted

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #32

    sturridge

    bendtner

    defoe

    any of them in b4 sat and i will be happy

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #33

    @Senior – You will be forever wathcing that and always wishing to go back there. Past is Past (it was ace while we had it) but now its the future we look to… Come on – what can we do to convince you? If I said we will win 3-1 on saturday – would that help? 🙂

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #34

    TDS

    Im confused how you put pace and long together? Am i missing something? I dont think he could out run Sol Campbell lol

    There are so many better options than Long who before last season couldnt get into double digits in the championship

    Long has been avoided for a reason and i for one am glad.

    If we sign a top striker I may wet myself

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #35

    @31 One answer – Mirandinha… AAArrgghhhh

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  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #36
  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #37

    @dave_barron363 // Aug 9, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    I know its frustrating to see where did the 35million go. But that was before when Pardew and co lied to us, saying the 35million will be reinvested into the squad.

    But recently Pardew came out and admitted indirectly that it was a lie. And we are a selling club and that we don’t have much money. Throughtout Ashley rubbish regime i just hated the lies and i just wanted to truth.

    Pardew has come clean now and i respect it. Each season we will sell before we can buy. We will always look to buy bargains and hope they can over achieve with us. Its a gamble which i think is the right direction for us.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #38

    outsidethebox

    To me, it would be ridiculous to let Nolan go because we wouldn’t pay his wages, only to pay Routlege, Xisco, Smith, Perch, and all the other rubbish a combined 200k a week to sit in the reserves 😛

    I think Ashley really wants to get rid of those players. Ideally they’d probably like to have a tiny squad and rely on youngsters for depth.

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  • adam20692

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #39

    @35 Surely that just proves the point that it would be a good idea, sounds as if he was good or did he leave on sour terms? also even so we buy him for 14 mill then move him in 2 years for 20 isnt that what ashley is all about?

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  • Senior

    Aug 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #40

    @ichrisho, is that you Derek? Haha, the only way you will get me back to SJP is the day the fans are treated with respect. Wor lass got me a Toon top but I took it back. My son now supports Man U so he wont have to put up with what I have had to.

    Sick of being a laughing stock

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