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.