We’ve been a little surprised at the criticism Gabriel Obertan has received in some games from Newcastle fans.
Gabriel Obertan – loving the challenge at Newcastle United
Gabriel looks to us like an exciting player, who runs directly at the opposing defenses, and he’s got more than a little bit of skill too.
Gabriel has settled down well and so far has been the starting right winger for Newcastle, but of course there are a number of other very good players who would be only too happy to take Gabriel’s starting position.
Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi and Danny Guthrie are five players at Newcastle who would love to start for Newcastle out on the right wing these days.
Gabriel has settled down well on Tyneside, like the other players who arrived in the summer.
“The club is progressing nicely and going in the right direction.” “It was one of the reasons why I came here because I liked the ideas of the manager and the type of players he wants to bring here.
“Now we have to continue the great start we’ve had and build on things.” “The French players have settled in very well here already.”
“But it is not only about us, it is about the whole group, and it is going really well.” “There are a lot of good young players coming through the ranks here and they are all for the future.”
“I knew when I came here about the expectations at the club and it is a big side with a lot of history.” “There is a strong group here. It is about building the team for the future and we are all aware of that.”
“The passion from the fans has been amazing. I was expecting it, to be honest, and so far I haven’t been disappointed.” “I love the challenge here.” “There are a lot of good players and we have to keep fighting for our place.”
The 22 year-old former Bordeaux winger knew all about the Geordie passion before he arrived on Tyneside, and the French U21 International has helped Newcastle make their best start to a season since back in 1995, when Newcastle were managed by the great Kevin Keegan.
The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle are targeting France (that’s not surprising), Belgium and Holland as part of their current scouting drive, with the impressive Chief Scout Graham Carr checking on players all the time, and reporting back to the manager on potential targets both for January and next summer.
Wonder who Graham is watching these days – any ideas?
Newcastle are 4th top of the Premier League and have a decent chance of staying there after Saturday’s game against Wigan, but then the Magpies have about six tough games on the trot, so we will definitely need all 3 points on Saturday.
And in closing, we’ve liked what we’ve seen from Obertan, and he will only improve of course, and he’s very much like the rest of the new players that arrived in the summer, he seems a smashing lad.