We thought Gabriel Obertan played very well on Saturday and made some great marauding runs at the Blackburn defense.
Gabriel Obertan – in action on Saturday
Gabriel Obertan talked to the local Newcastle press today:
“That is the reason I moved to Newcastle.” “I was really happy when they came in for me and I did not hesitate. It is great the coach trusts me.”
“There is a good group of players here, off the pitch there is a good atmosphere. I have no regrets coming here.” “We can get better now and I am finding my marks now. I am just enjoying playing football.
“It is great and I have not had this feeling for two years.” “It is great just to be on the pitch. It is perfect to play 90 minutes again each week.” “It is good to well against these teams, Blackburn and Wolves are quite physical.”
It seems as though as the 22 year-old gains in confidence, he’s getting better and better, and his obvious skill is why Manchester United signed him a couple of years ago from French club Bordeaux, for around £3M, which is about the fee Newcastle paid the Red Devils for him last summer.
Obertan admitted the Newcastle players really wanted the win in front of the Geordie fans, as he continued:
“We really wanted to win this game and we produced some good football.” “It had been a while since we played at home.”
“Yes, we were lucky with their player sent off but we still produced and we are happy to take three points.” “Everybody produced, the defence played well, the midfield kept composure and it helped us produce some good football.”
“We are just happy to keep on not losing. When we win like this, it is just a great feeling.” “I am really happy for Demba Ba because he works very hard in training.”
“We have not lost a game this season so it is great for our confidence.” “We have a good group in the changing room. If we can keep playing like this it will be great.”
Gabriel played only 28 times for the Red Devils with one goal over the two seasons he was there, but he wanted to play more, and he already has 7 appearances in the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle.
That’s one reason he came to the Newcastle club, to play more, and Gabriel looks like he’s nailing down that right wing position, which is exactly what the people at Newcastle were hoping he’d do.
There is great competition for places at Newcastle, and that coupled with an excellent team spirit and a complete team approach to the game, seems to be a winning combination this season.
Long may that continue.