Gabriel Obertan is back in the Newcastle squad for their tough game against Manchester United this afternoon.
Gabriel Obertan – could start this afternoon
Last Saturday at the Etihad Stadium Sammy Ameobi came in and had a good game on the right wing, and Sammy could keep his place for this afternoon’s game.
But last night Gabriel was talking as if he was going to start the game, and this is what he said:
“You always want to go back to your old club and prove to the gaffer that you are a better player,” “I feel like I’ve improved since arriving here, and I hope the manager is quite pleased with what I’ve done so far.”
“I will try to play my best game, but the most important thing is the points, obviously, and what the team does.” “We are just trying to focus on this one and we know it is going to be a tough one.”
“I’ve still got some really good friends there – I call Patrice Evra regularly – so I think it is going to be great to go back there, feel the atmosphere and play against him too.” “I’ve already told him that it’s going to be hard against me – he is in for a difficult game!”
“We have played some good football this season, have got some results and nobody expected it. It’s been great. Yes, we lost last week against Manchester City, but we are going to bounce back this weekend and get a point against United, or even all three.”
Obertan was expected to be able to play last weekend at Manchester City, but he had a try out on the Thursday afternoon before the game, and that infected toe of his just wasn’t up to it.
But he seems to be fully fit now, and just raring to go, as he continued:
“It’s much better, I’m back in training and there’s no pain so I will be fit for this weekend,” “I got stamped on about five or six weeks ago and kept playing on it.”
“I put some cream on it to try and numb the pain and that may be the way it got infected.” “But I said to the physios that even if I had pain I wouldn’t tell them this week because I really want to play in this game.”
“I can’t wait to play and am really looking forward to it.”
Gabriel hardly played at all at the Red Devils, whom he joined in the summer of 2009 from Bordeaux for around £3M, and in that time played only 28 times with a single goal.
But since being at Newcastle, Alan Pardew has used him regularly on the right wing, and he has appeared 12 times for the Magpies since singing for £3M in the summer.
And as his confidence has increased so has his form, and he’s often looked a threatening player down the right wing, with his direct runs at the defense.
If we had to hazard a guess we’d say he’s just get the nod from the Newcastle manager to start in front of 19 year-old Sammy Ameobi.
What do you think?