Gabriel Obertan – The Passion At Newcastle Is Unbelievable


Gabriel Obertan has come  out today and said he is just  loving life at Newcastle.

Gabriel Obertan – makes his 15th appearcne for the Magpies this afternoon

Gabriel seems to have tied down a first team spot on the right wing, but the 22 year-old is still improving and we think with more games in a black and white shirt,  the French U21 International will only improve.

Gabriel is good when he runs straight at the opposing defenses, and he has lots of skills,  but he needs to improve that final ball, and we’re sure he’s heard that a lot from both Alan Pardew and the rest of the Newcastle coaches.

This is what the Frenchman  told The Independent today:

“Alex Ferguson was great to me. I did not play much but being manager is quite difficult. You have to make choices and he had a great squad. He was the best I have been with so far. Sometimes a bit harsh.”

“Sometimes in training he can shout at you. You might think it’s nothing, but to him that might be important.”  “Whether you are Ryan Giggs or Obertan it’s not a big difference to him.”

“Coming Newcastle was hard in a way because it is not easy to leave such a big club,” “But I had to think about what was best for me and I had to look at options and Newcastle was a good chance for me. I wanted to stay in England.”

“I had some other options abroad. It’s not that I wasn’t interested but I wanted to stay in England because I loved it here.” “I have never experienced anything like this at Newcastle. So many people follow the club and the passion around it.”

It’s unbelievable. All the people wearing the shirts.”  “I love the football and the culture is different. The way people see football is different. In France it is straight away loads of critics and ‘Blah, blah, blah, he wasn’t good enough’.”

Gabriel didn’t get too many games at Manchester United in the two seasons he was there, after joining the Red Devils from Bordeaux in the summer of 2009.

In fact he made only 28 appearances with one goal in his time at Old Trafford, but since he arrived on Tyneside at the beginning of the season,  he has already made 14 appearances.

Gabriel was picked out as a potential  star when he was very young in France, and has played for all the French Youth sides from U-16 through to the U21 level.

And Obertan was named as France’s best overall player at the 2009 Toulon Tournament (for National U21 sides), and was also the official Man of the Match in the final, even though France lost that game 1-0 to Chile.

Obertan still has to score that first  Newcastle goal, and come to think to it, this afternoon at Carrow Road would be the perfect time to do just that.

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44 comments so far

  • shearermania

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    just practise on dribling and crossing son……..

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    has i told in earlier post the match starts at 8-30 pm IST JAMSHA

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  • seantoon

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Good I like the lad. Just wish he would hit form and get these critics of his back

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #4

    “I have never experienced anything like this at Newcastle. So many people follow the club and the passion around it.”

    Yeah must be tough being a player in Man U. Not seeing fans from one game to the next. Them all coming from elsewhere.

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #5

    How hard can it be,have him stay behind after training and make him hit about 100 crosses…every day. After 2 weeks he should be delivering like Nani 🙂

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh, this bloody hell. All the games being played at the same time.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    *this is

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    1 of our worst performers this season in terms of attacking. He tracks back and defends quite ok. Obertan needs to improve on the attacking side of the game as that is why he is here for as a winger. I like his attitude, but its sad that he performs terribly on the pitch.

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  • shearermania

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #9

    since he cant attack but is all right defending we should play him at right back…lol

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  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #10

    on TV?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #11

    it’s funny how in this conntry if you’re fast and tricky you’re automatically made in to a winger to provide ”hopeful” crosses. can’t imagine barca telling messi or real madrid telling Ronaldo you’ve got to be a winger. I think obertan would be far more effectiive drifting inside.

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  • IPToon

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #12

    In terms of attacking he does more for the team than Gutierrez. Then again that doesnt take much as Gutierrez hardly gets forward anymore in his left back protection role.

    Big 4-1 win at Norwich today. Ba x 2, Ben Arfa and Cabaye.

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  • Crab Eye

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #13

    heard from man in the know kadar wont start – so unless colo has somehow recovered – WHO CB???! gosling in for guthrie official…what odds for him first goal scorer? the bookies wont see him coming. might get 20/1?

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Crab Eye Santon ?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #15

    mattnufc

    French teenager Mehdi Abeid has also been quickly elevated to the first team picture since arriving last summer as a reserve team prospect, and the Algerian Under-23 starlet was in the squad at Norwich today.

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  • Crab Eye

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #16

    swede – do any of us really know anything about santon as a CB? i have a sneeking suspicion colo might play – surely kadar is the easy replacement and if he is officially not starting….colo might be a late suprise?

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  • Kris

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #17

    when should the links start to work?

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  • ryan toon

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #18

    ryan taylor is playing at right back and santon is playing at left back and ba and shola up front lads thats what i know

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #19

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    Subs: Elliot, Ferguson, Smith, Sammy Ameobi, HBA, Lovenkrands, Best
    19 seconds ago

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    #nufc Krul R Taylor Simpson Perch Santon Obertan Cabaye Gosling Jonas (c) Ba Shola Ameobi

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  • Kris

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Kadar not even on the bench!

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #21

    santon ! 🙂

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Perch and Simpson at CB, lets hope Grant Holt doesn’t play, he’ll just tear them apart as hes big and strong.

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  • Kris

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Gutierrez new captain!

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Gutierrez is captain 😮

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  • Sholameobi

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #25

    i hope santons playing cb and simpson rb otherwise holt and morrison will have a field day

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  • Kris

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #26

    BiffBaffBoff – I agree, afraid of Morison aswell!

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #27

    We just need to attack and hope we score more goals than we concede today 🙁

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  • seantoon

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Bet Ben arfa is absolutely gutted. I can see him wanted a move soon. He’s a very hard player to keep happy. Look what happened at Lyon and marsielle

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m furious with this lineup, that is complete bullocks putting perch and simmo in the middle, moving raylor to rb, starting shola with Ba. This crap Pardew, what horrible lineup.

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  • tdt

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Only Ferguson as defensive cover on the bench :-/

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  • colwell

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #31

    2 Dwarfs at CB today, Morrison is a good striker always pressuring. We`ll still win we are the Toon Army!

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  • Crab Eye

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #32

    well lets hope its santon at CB….not sure simpson could do a job there against holt & morrison!
    Kadar not even on bench – looks like his career is offically over at NUFC!
    HBA big shock….?

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  • Crab Eye

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #33

    swede you might be right – santon engligh full debut against two bruisers! could be a time to really see how good our scouting network really is!

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  • tdt

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #34

    HBA for Shola after 60mins, will rip them a new one!

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  • Tombox

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #35

    come on the toon!!

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  • Tombox

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #36

    lol 35th

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  • Tombox

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #37

    lo Norwich city famous suppoter is Delia Smith were is Necastle is Brian Johnson lol.

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  • Tombox

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #38

    *Newcastle

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  • Tombox

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Just a small fact that Norwich city’s famous supporter is Delia Smith were is Newcastle United’s is Brian Johnson. Just some random info.

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Team v Norwich:
    Krul; Simpson, Santon, Perch, R. Taylor; Obertan, Cabaye, Gosling, Gutierrez (c); Ba, Shola Ameobi.

    Bench:
    Elliot, Ferguson, Smith, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Best

    Good enough for 3 points. Lets hope. HBA Must be injured surely………..?

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