Fans Need To Be Patient With Gabriel Obertan – Pardew

Gabriel Obertan was booed off when he was replaced last Saturday in the game against Swansea.

Obertan being welcomed by Pardew and LLambias in August

That kind of support hardly helps the player, and therefore it doesn’t help Newcastle United.

We had put out a piece a couple of days ago saying that we should be helping Obertan and not hindering him, as he tries his best to get his career back on track on Tyneside.

And the Newcastle manager has come out today and said he would like the Newcastle fans to show some patience with the former Manchester United winger.

Alan Pardew has said Gabriel is not showing the same form he showed earlier in the season, before he missed a few games with that toe injury:

“I don’t think he has been as good as he was before he came out of the side with an injury. He hasn’t come back as good. He was good on Saturday in the first half and created a few dangerous moments for us.”

“Because he is so quick, the crowd think he can just beat the full-back by racing him on the outside all the time, but he can’t do that, he’d be too one-dimensional.”

“I think he’s only young and he’s still learning. He’s very young in term of his time playing, he’s hardly played. Our fans need to be patient with him as I and the staff need to be at times because we know what he can do.”

“Scoring goals is the next step for him, he’s got to look like he’s going to score a goal, getting in on the far post, cutting inside and releasing shots like Jonas does for us on the other side. He actually has to threaten the goal.”

It’s likely that Gabriel will get another start tonight against WBA, and of course since he played very few games while he was at Manchester United for a couple of seasons,  he needs these games to get back his full sharpness,  and also his confidence.

Confidence is a huge thing in football, which you see when teams win games, they suddenly look a much better side in the next game.

Obertan needs some support from the fans, so he can recapture the brilliant form he showed while he was at Bordeaux, and with more games in a black and white shirt, we think he can do just that.

We hope he can do that.

Comments always welcome.

30 comments so far

  • nimo

    Dec 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Werent at the game saturday as was working but booing him off is a joke.. remember enrique and collocini in tgere first ye… you can tell the lads a confidence player also imagine what his confidenxe will b like now

  • Dannyo

    Dec 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Players will always be critisized, that you cannot avoid. People will have their oppinions about them and rightly so.
    I draw a line at booing and repeatedly bashing players tho.
    It’s cowardly and NOTHING good comes off it.
    It’s good to see Pardew say these things, it shows us that he’s not blind to the situation, and that’s comforting.
    Both for us and for Obertan, Obertan still has allot of learning to do, he needs to work on his decision making, cause sometimes you catch glimpses of what he really can do at the top of his game.
    It’s there, hopefully, but it seems to sit pretty deep just yet.

  • simon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree ed, we need 2 get behind him which will hopefully give him the confidence, we have our job as fans and he has his as a player. I have said it b4, it takes some players awhile 2 settle and find there form.

  • toonarmy1986

    Dec 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #4

    He is lacking so much confidence and getting on his back won’t help the situation! If he finds some confident and self believe then I think we will see what he can do on a more consistent basis.

  • DaveG

    Dec 21, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Very true…!
    I agree he is lacking confidence and booing him is not gonna help. Some fans pride themselves in their knowledge of football, so lets see if they,ve got any common sense. A lot havent got a clue what they,re on about and many just go there to moan and jeer the team. My message to them is get lost – go and `support` Sunderland IF THATS ALL YOU’VE GOT TO OFFER !!
    Watched the training a while back and Obertan looked to have one of the best touches and shots on display, he looks terrified every time he closes on goal now, so give the guy a go !!

  • toonman

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Three seasons ago the Man U fans were saying exactly the same about Nani.
    He gave the ball away too much, didnt score any goals, made too many wrong decisions.
    Look at him now!! A bit more playing time and a bit more confidence can change a hell of a lot

  • steviemac14

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    I was at the match and there were NO boos at all. There was a bit of ironic cheering but that could have been for Sammy coming on. I think all of the players have our support, despite how frustrating they can be. Look at the reception Shola got when he came on….

  • DaveG

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry steviemac, Obertan was definitely jeered, he knew it and he played accordingly….nervous as hell. Were you at the same match?

  • Shabilla1984

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Stevie Mac – Your completly right, i was there and the cheering/jeering was for Sammey, Shola got a great reception annd nearly scored with his first touch. Obertan is sooo frustrating tho as he has bags of talent and pace and is a big physical lad – All the attributes. All he is lacking is a goal and confidence, he does need to add CROSSING to his CV as at the moment he is far too one dimensional as he’s always cutting in. I reckon once he gets a goal it will all gel. HWTL!!!!! COME ON!

  • Klatoon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    AP got it right there,even I,sometimes want him to just run at the full-back because i know he’d beat him to the byline every single time. Maybe Simmo should support him more (if he can keep up with him 🙂 )since he’s (simmo) a better crosser.

  • ge08dey

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Pity Pardew didn’t give all the players a fair cra ck of the whip as he has given to Obertan, possibly because he was instrumental in signihg him.In my opinion Obertan will never be a top half EPL player.Even Routledge was just as good.In the end its not Obertan’s fault he keeps getting picked and we should get behind him while hes on the pitch.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    While I agree that booing Obertan is out of order and will just make him worse. I honestly believe that he isn’t good enough he was rubbish at Man U and we shouldn’t have bought him I would rather have Sammy Ameobi playing on the right.

  • rickskin

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Give Obertan the number 9.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    i agree with you geordiedownsouth,

    he is not good enough for our club , and also i dont blame him, he gets picked and tries his best, but he is out of his depth in this league,
    maybe he is the type of player could use some time in a lower league to build his confidence up, as playing in the prem week in week out, will only damage him further,

    as for recovering his form, he has never had any good form, he has produced a few good moments and that is it,

    a wingers job is to create , to help cover def, and to get in and score a few, he never looks like doing any

  • jamesnufc86

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Jesus , some of you lot on here , give Obertan a bloody chance , he has had some very good performances this season, “out of his depth” “not good enough” u people are so impatient, again last Sat he was our main threat in the first half

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16


    he was , but he never looked like creating anything, he looked busy and that was about it, i mean look at his crossing, during any game he plays, you end up wincing as his crosses are so bad, or he pulss it back for simpson to cross,,

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #17

    pulls it back grrrrrr

  • jamesnufc86

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #18

    His crossing is bad , but the positions he gets into by skipping past players with ease is excellent its like an ugly Ben Afra ! Sammy clearly isn’t ready for it , I personally think Obertan warrants his place, purely for his pace and trickery, and remember he has got a few assists this season , he just needs some composure and he will be good to go

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    this is the good thing about football , we see different things and want different things from players,

    i disagree with skipping past players, i think he tries to take on to many and nearly always loses the ball,, but when he does get past, thats when the bad crosses come,

    he needs to look up and see players around him,

    i think sam and the other 2 kids have more to there game than he does, and should be in the team ahead of him,,

    as someone said on here, he is no better than routledge, we paid 1 mil more and he gets his game, got to feel a little sorry for routledge, he wasnt given half the time obertan has been given

  • connor_nufc

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #20

    digusting behaviour from our fans. why go to the game if your not gona support the team

  • Oleg G

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #21


    Booing your own player? What did he do? Had a bad game? Wow, what a horrible thing. Maybe you should kick his ass for is. I can’t believe that fans actually will do something like that. Who did that are idiots. Even if the player doesn’t play good, if the manager gives him a chance, you should hope it will be fine. And if not, well, he will be replaced later.

    Don’t be evil and cruel to other people, doesn’t matter what.

  • Sav

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #22

    I though first half was his best yet for Newcastle. He can be frustrating but not for booing. Daft.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #23

    i tell you waht,, fill your team with players of his abilty and skill, and watch us drop through the leagues ,

    booing is wrong, no mater what, but how els do you let them know,,

    what do do barca do???

  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Obertan is a Good Player – He gets the ball can run with the ball But Just Needs to Learn When to pass It . To Many Times he does the Great Work then Holds onto it for Far to Long when demba or Shola or Leon are in Space to bang it home and then he starts to Do his Hollywood Act !!!! If he crossed the ball and Demba Ba Scores tonight then all of this will go away !!

  • martoon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #25

    As I’ve said before I don’t condone booing but can understand how fans get frustrated when they perceive a player is not trying hard enough.
    I think Obertan had his best game againt Manure – maybe he should pretend we are playing them every week 🙂

  • stevep

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    half our problem is lack of goals from midfield, we’ve scored a measly 3 with one apiece from Cabaye, Guitierez and Gosling

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #27

    I have been disappointed with Obertan, but as a resident in Ireland, I havent seen him up close. From what I have seen though , he has been poor. A bit panicky in possession, nice flicks, poor delivery, great for a long ball out of defence in counter attack, average tracking back. Seems disinterested at times? Needs to improve, but good to read Pardews thoughts. He’s a smart man and we’re lucky to have him. It was also a smart move to replace Hughton.

  • robtheguru

    Dec 21, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #28

    I don’t mind giving anyone a chance but the fact is he likes to run forward, beat a defender but rather cross the ball he takes out his picnic basket and stops

  • AndyMac

    Dec 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #29

    toonarmy says:

    “He (Obertan) is lacking so much confidence and getting on his back won’t help”

    instead of that Toonarmy why not try “He is lacking so much ability and getting on his back wont help”

  • AndyMac

    Dec 21, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #30

    robtheguru says:

    “I don’t mind giving anyone a chance but the fact is he likes to run forward, beat a defender but rather cross the ball he takes out his picnic basket and stops”

    Whoa rob “beats a defender” ? Are we talking about the same player ?


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