Gabriel Obertan has been singing the praises of his manager Alan Pardew, and he seems to be just delighted to be playing at Newcastle.
Gabriel Obertan – in action against Blackburn
As we saw on Saturday, the French winger is steadily gaining confidence and learning his role in the team, and he is getting better and better, and this lad could turn out to be a great buy for Newcastle.
Not only that, but the fact he speaks in lyrical terms about the manager, the club and the City, can only help Newcastle recruit more good French players in the future, and not only French players.
The 22-year-old joined Newcastle on a long five year deal from Manchester United in the summer for around £3M, after he couldn’t make the Red Devils first team too often, and just wasn’t getting the games at Old Trafford.
Like the other French players at Newcastle, he has settled in very well on Tyneside, and he has told the media just how good a boss he thinks Alan Pardew is:
“He is a great boss because he is close to his players. He talks a lot to us and he’s good at managing egos in a team. It is a great to have a coach like this.”
“I am starting to settle in game by game. There’s no reason why we can’t get a good result down there (Wolvcs) . “The confidence is near the top at the moment after the win at Blackburn. We’ll work hard this week and get prepared, then we’ll be ready for the game.”
“I knew this was a big move. I knew when I came here that this is a big club in England. so I was just glad to hear of the interest from the club. It’s a great opportunity and one that I didn’t want to miss out on.”
“This is why I moved to Newcastle – when I saw the opportunity, I didn’t hesitate,” “The coach trusts me, so I’m really happy at the moment.” “We were really happy to get the three points. Everybody produced. When we win like this, it’s a great feeling.”
“I’m really happy for Demba because he works hard in training. He scored three goals, and he was present in each play.” “We’ve not lost a game this season. It’s great for the confidence. We’ve got a good group, and it’s great in the changing room.”
“If we can keep playing like this, it will be great.” “Personally, I’m finding my fitness, and I was really happy to play 90 minutes. It was good to play in this team.”
There’s no doubt the club seems to be in a better position now than it’s been for several years, and that has to be good news.
And the fact that Newcastle signed up Jonas Gutierrez to a couple more years on Tyneside yesterday, so he will be around for the next four years ,was a pleasant surprise and very well received by the fans.
We know the club are working to extend some other players’ contracts, and at least two of them are Danny Simpson and captain Fabricio Coloccini.
But of course all that matters right now is getting ready for the game at Wolves on Saturday afternoon, and trying to get another 3 points.
That’s the name of the game this season, and Newcastle so far have been very good at that.