Newcastle Look To Have Made Some Savvy Summer Signings

The signing of 22 year-old Gabriel Obertan is looking to be a savvy signing by Newcastle.

Gabriel Obertan – coming into some good form

We always knew thse lad had talent, and that’s why Manchester United bought him from Bordeaux in the summer of 2009.

But for whatever reason Gabriel couldn’t make it at Manchester, but he will have a much better chance of doing that at Newcastle, and he seems to be coming into his own, and majes some great runs at the opposing defenses.

Both Gutierrez and Obertan looked very good against Blackburn and of course Newcastle also have other good wingers in players like Sylvain Marveaux, Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, not to mention young Sammy Ameobi.

So Newcastle are certainly not short of wingers and it’s maybe the defense that now needs strengthening in January, because we’ll be in trouble if either Coloccini or Stephen Taylor gets injured anytime soon.

Gabriel cost just 3M from the Red Devils, and he talked about his time at Newcastle so far:

“I knew I might not be great in the first couple of games because you are getting your fitness back up and still learning a new way of playing with new team-mates,” 

“I thought it would take four or five games to get into the rhythm of a new team and also to get physically fit too. Saturday was my best game so far against Blackburn – if I can influence any game then that is great.”

“The way I am approaching things here is totally different. If you don’t play that well here, you know there may be another chance for you. It won’t be like Manchester where the pressure is unbelievable.”

“You’re battling every week just to get on the bench and one bad performance may see you out of the team for a month or two months.”

“There is pressure here, of course, but to have a manager who sees you as an important first-team player is a big thing. It is a big difference for me and it will help my game.”

“The team is doing well but it is important that we continue to focus and we don’t allow ourselves to look at the league and think we have arrived.”  ” Wolves is the next game and we must concentrate on that,” 

It’s looking like Newcastle made some very good buys in the summer in bringing players like Obertan, Marveaux, Cabaye, Abeid and Demba Ba to the club.

To think those  four players cost just £7.5M, which is not too bad at all.

At the moment Cabaye looks to be the pick of the bunch,  but Demba Ba scored a great hat-trick last weekend and Obertan looked very good against Blackburn, and of course 19 year-old Abeid is just waiting for another chance, after looking good against Nottingham Forest last week.

Wonder who Chief Scout Graham Carr is watching these days – any ideas?

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • geoff777

    Sep 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    All five look to be top quality players.

    Excellent scouting.

    I hope no one knows who Graham Carr is watching until they sign.


  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    his style of scouting doesnt seem to stop at the quality of the player but the personality to ensure a good blend with the lads already at the club these lads could be our revolutionaries and our youthers look brilliant too anyone know how airey is gettin on on his loan as ive heard next to nothing i think it wouldve been better served to keep him with our ressies to be honest

  • spitfire_

    Sep 28, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Look how play manure’s rejects in scumderland. Thats why it will be good if we stop buy that kind of players.

  • Stuart

    Sep 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    if we stop spitfire? We stopped buying old rejects years ago. Barring Kuqi of course haha!

  • jamesnufc86

    Sep 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Couldnt be happier , all the signing look class, Wolves will come at us I think on Sat , we need to at least pick a draw up and ill be happy.

    simmo taylor colo raylor
    Ober Tiote Cabaye Jonas
    I know it seem harsh leaving besty out , but its just what I would go with being away from home. mon ‘ Newcastle

  • TheMightyOne

    Sep 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    @ spitfire
    the difference with our buys and sunderlands is they bought old ones like brown and o’shea, whereas we get young players like obertan and simpson, who can still improve

  • Stuart

    Sep 28, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    I dont think HBA will start against Wolves like James. Too many hatchet men in their squad, I’d say give him 25mins at the end then start him at home against spurs instead.

  • jamesnufc86

    Sep 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Yea, I cant see him starting either, wishful thinking.

  • ardenTOON

    Sep 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9

    the manu rejects are of various types. The ones that ended up at sunland are expired goods. The smirks have been replaced with shame 🙂

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    @SincerelySamuel (2)

    Airey is back from his loan spell now after cutting it short. hamstring it says.

  • ardenTOON

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    What used to happen to us previously is now happening to Liverpool. Buy an overrated and expensive player on massive wages. Build your hopes around him and after a few games you know you’ve been sold a dummy. Ah that sinking feeling 😀

  • spitfire_

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #12

    @ TheMightyOne

    Who watched Obertan and Simpson before and the most important question is where? It must be in the reserves, coz they both doesn’t have so much games for the first team. Thats is insane. I like anyone of summer transfer except Obertan just because I don’t see how Carr was going to some game on manure reserves, to watch him… There’s no good players for a decent price in England. Thats why Carr is watching only on the continent and thats why at this stage we must buy only foreigners.

  • beefman13

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    arden toon, of course that is right we bought expensive has been after expensive has been who did not deliver for us, i much orefer doing business like this and having kids that really want to play for the toon, i dont care if the owner has a trillion pounds i am sick and fed up of going down the other route of mercenaries just taking out of the club.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Love life at the minute havent been this exicted about the toon for many, many years.

    Off topic but was anybody at the game on the weekend, just was curious to know what the atmosphere was like. I couldnt make it but watched it at the pub and it seemed quite lively at SJP.

    Hope pardew turns SJP into the fortress it once was and have teams dreading coming up here to play infront of 50,000 screaming geordies.

    Let’s get the stadium rocking again !!!

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    2 Ameobis – Atmosphere was actually quite good at the weekend mate considering we wernt allowed to stand up, crowd got behind the team.. was around 47000 ther aswel so its slowly sneaking up ad imagine they’l be 50+ against Spuds especially if we beat Wolves at the weekend

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    I thought Wes Brown was doing well? I saw clips in his first match and he was the difference for them. How is he doing?

  • toonfan76

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Apparently Jason Burt of the daily telegraph is tipping Pardew to be the England Manager in a few years time. Is this a sign of how far we have come under Pardew. Don’t know how much weight you can put behind this Jason Burt’s reputation cos I know nothing about him but I suppose it’s nice to hear that sort of thing being said.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #18

    The atmosphere was pretty flat in the opening 20 minutes not too much going on but then the crowd started to pick up and so did the play, and it went on from there. We started to play better, scored and so the atmosphere was better!

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #19


    Good stuff, cant understand why they ever changed level 7 from behind the goal into the away fans bit, that was cracking atmosphere but glad to hear noise is coming back.

    It might just be me but a reckon it would be class if someone would bring a trumpet or something similar for the colo chant. Sort of like what the welsh fans had against england.

  • Cal92

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #20

    Obertan was well known around europe for quite a few years before he went to man u for being a v exciting prospect so no doubt carr will have known about him then and not just through watching there reserves. In a couple of years ive no doubt he’ll be a 10million plus player

  • toonfan76

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Wed 26th October 8pm is the confirmed date for the Carling cup match against Blackburn. Hope we give them the same sort of bashing that they got at our ground.

  • beefman13

    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #22

    Its great to come on the blog with positivity, but we known we are only one defeat away from certaim people coming on with all the anti ashley nonsence, we are going forward we cant win every game just get on and support the club.


    Sep 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #23

    In case any of yous havnt seen the chronicle yet, coloccinis ready to discuss a new deal, hope we get him signed up quickly. What a great start to the season weve had hopefully get the 3 points at wolves but would take a point aswell.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Sep 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Jamesnufc86 I think ur right BenArfa I think has to start against wolves if fully fit as their defence will be very hard to break down, which unfortunatly would mean we have to leave a striker out and u just cannot leave out a striker who has jus scored a hattrick so besty wil have to make way I think

  • Cockney Magpie

    Sep 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Unless we wait til halftime and if we r not winning then give benny a good 45 mins


    Sep 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #26

    im actually begining to like obertan he seems to keep changing the direction of his runs mixing it up turning defenders one way then the other and goin down the left and the right whereas before we were far more predictable there is far more energy in the team now and if jonas or obertan or cabaye or cheick get injured theres marveux gosling guthrie ben arfa sammy fergie vuckic all ready and willing to come in and do just as good a job its all positive at the moment lets get santon and willo back up and running in case of injuries i still feel we need pieters and a striker with real pace pieters can play left back and also cover at cb also that would release santon to go on right back simmo still gets me worried


    Sep 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #27

    @SkySportsNews Sky Sports News
    Sunderland’s Titus Bramble arrested on suspicion of sexual assault & possession of a class A drug #SSN


    Sep 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #28

    good auld titus hes only doin what all makems do dirty drugged up sex fiends the lot of them.

  • SpaceGhost

    Sep 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Carlos Tevez on loan anyone? Guti & Colo already here to help him. Worked with Pardew before at West Ham. Needs a lot of love, not getting it at the moment.

    Crazy I know.

  • Sav

    Sep 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Wonder what sort of bonuses a scout gets for his picks making first team appearances etc.?


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