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.
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