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?