It wasn’t good when Newcastle winger Gabriel Obertan was jeered when he was substituted in the second half on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
Gabriel Obertan – in action on Saturday
In fact it’s never good when Newcastle fans get against any Newcastle player, and it certainly doesn’t help the player and it doesn’t help the side, so it’s generally negative stuff, which is never good.
There’s a good saying that if you cannot say something good about somebody don’t say anything at all, and that applies to Gabriel.
The 22 year-old is still getting to grips with Newcastle, and also getting some of his confidence back with some decent playing time on Tyneside, after having a two year barren spell at Manchester United.
Since we want Newcastle to do well, it generally helps to support the manager and the players, and things have gone really well over the last 30 months when we’ve done that, and have recovered so very well from the relegation demise of May, 2009.
If you don’t think we are doing well just think of how things were in the summer of 2009.
Alan Pardew certainly didn’t appreciate the jeers directed at Gabriel on Saturday, as he had this to say today:
“That’s a bit harsh,” “Because he is so quick, you always want him bursting down the outside.”
“I thought he played well first half. He created three or four situations for us. He is a player who has only played 14 Premier League games.”
“He is learning, his discipline was much better defensively. I think when you get a 0-0, there can be frustration from the crowd.”
“Overall, I though the crowd was very positive and I thank them for that.”
Gabriel has the makings of a good player, and he certainly has the skill.
After all, confidence is everything in football, and Gabriel has so far made 16 appearances for the Magpies this season, and is still looking for his first goal.
We always like to see the fans giving all our players as much help as possible, so that they can play well for the side.
That will help them (think Gabriel Obertan and James Perch as two examples), and also help the side, and ultimately help the fans, because Newcastle will become successful again.
Give the lad a chance – he’s hard working and is only trying to do his very best for his new club.