Give Obertan Time And He’ll Come Good, Very Good, At Newcastle

We think Grabriel Obertan can become an excellent right winger for Newcastle.

Gabriel Obertan at Newcastle

Don’t forget that when Obertan signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2009 from Bordeaux, when he was just 20, he was hailed as a future great player, and certainly he has lots of skill and pace.

But the two years at the Red Devils did not go well, and he played very little, making only 28 appearances with one goal in his two years at Old Trafford.

But since Obertan arrived on Tyneside in th summer for just £3M, Alan Pardew has given him ample playing time, and his confidence is on the rise, along with his performances.

Obertan has so far appeared 18 times for Newcastle, and he has almost nailed down the starting right wing spot, although there are players like Sammy Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Peter Lovenkrands  and even Ben Arfa who could start there.

Gabriel brilliantly set up Demba Ba for Newcastle’s second  goal against Bolton last Monday afternoon, and while his final ball still needs to improve, he’s certainly on the right track.

Yes, there are a few fans frustrated by him, but give this lad a chance and some time, and we’re almost certain he will be a much better player by the end of the season.

That’s if he continues to get lots of playing time from Alan Pardew, which we expect will happen.

Gabriel is a great lad, like many of the new French faces that arrived over the summer, and he seems to like it on Tyneside, as he had this to say to the local press today:

“It’s been a great six months for me,” “It’s the first time I’ve had a season like this in England, where I’ve been playing in pretty much every game.”

“That helps a lot. It’s a great feeling to feel like you’re really involved in something, and I have been waiting quite a while for this.”

“When you come on for 20 minutes once every five or six games, you’re always straining to try to prove yourself. That is really hard. It is nice not to have to do that any more.”

We like the way Obertan runs straight at the opposing defenses, and he’s certainly been another good buy for the Magpies at just £3M, which is on the high side for fees we pay out to players these days. 😀

The next two games for Newcastle are tough, away at Liverpool tonight and home to Manchester United next Wednesday evening, but we want to see two solid performances from the lads, especially in defense,  and we’ll be happy enough.

Then we can beat teams like Blackburn in the FA Cup and QPR who are next up  at  St. James’ Park.

We’d love to see Newcastle take something out of the game at Anfield tonight, and it’s not since 1994 that we won there, so that tells us we are due a win.

Obertan will be up against former player Jose Enrique tonight, so we want to see him run straight at Jose and take him on, and maybe he  can get his first goal for Newcastle,  and help us get out first win there in 17 years.

Howay The Lads!!

28 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    i also think that OBERTAN can get better has time passes and has he gets more games under his belt

  • fifetoon65

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    confidence;he’ll come good,maybe tonight!he is fast,need an end product,just get that first goal…

  • Dannyo

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    In all fairness, Enrique is arguably Lpools best player currently, quoted from several journos, so i can’t really see Obertan doing much on the right hand side tbh. No offense.
    He won’t be able to pass Enrique with speed, and Enrique is good with his feet, so it’ll be hard taking him head on too.
    I’m hoping for the best, but fearing a quiet night on the RW.
    Instead i hope we opt for a 5 man midfield with Tiotes mean attitutde presence, Cabayes passing gems, and HBAs super trickery and exploiting of pockets.

    Don’t see us winning this one on the wings.

  • pardew no 1

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    i think he is a good player just doesnt have confidence and this is his first real season at newcastle so give him a chance remember collo and guiti first season

  • nufc.romania

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Least Obertan will have the backing of the fans tonight away support back every member of the team usually

  • geoff777

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    @pardew no 1

    Completely agree the lad needs time and 50 appearances for us before we’ll be able to judge him.

    I think Pardew will play Best.
    He needs Best to hit form to replace Ba in January.
    He can only do that on the pitch.

    HBA on 60 minutes again (unless Best scores!).

    Looking forward to this one.
    Getting butterflies like its a derby match.


  • alex84

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Obertan has massive potential, he needs confidence and time,wwjbd that will be a good thing…cant understand fans booing there own players.

  • Gallowgate

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    see last thread

  • alex84

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Obertan is great for counter attacking as well when were away from home, he destroyed Stoke with his pace…well and Ba!!

  • geoff777

    Dec 30, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11


    I read your post.
    If the financial fair-play rules are applied it will certainly give us an edge over some.

    FIFA is so corrupt and it will be so easy to be “creative” I’m not confident that they will be.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Apparently looking at stats, obertan has been our most creative player

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 30, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Obertan does just need time to get his confidence back. you can see his play is totally different in games where things are going better for him.

    More games=more confidence but I agree he’ll get little change out of Enrique tonight.

    Enrique is best following players down the line so if Obertan does cut inside as he likes to right now it may be the better option for us in this game.

  • geoff777

    Dec 30, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    – – – – – – – – – Krul
    Simmo – Willo – Colo – Raylor
    Obertan – Cabaye – Tiote – Jonas
    – – – – – – – – Best – Ba

    Will he start with Santon instead of Raylor?
    Will HBA start.

    I don’t think so, I can see why Pardew would pick the team above but I’d prefer to see …

    – – – – – – – – – Krul
    Simmo – Willo – Colo – Santon
    Obertan – Cabaye – Tiote – Jonas
    – – – – – – – – HBA
    – – – – – – – – – – – Ba

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 30, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #15


    Corruption in footballs a joke now.

    I mean look at how Man City just laughed in the face of the brand new financial fair play rule by getting their stupidly rich owner’s to exploit a “loophole” in the rules and used another of their own companies to buy the club for silly money just so it balance the books.

    I don’t know why they bother with these rules in the 1st place. What’s the point if the persons they’re supposed to stop just take the pi55!

  • level7wonder

    Dec 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #16

    why doesn’t every fan get behind every player? some players performance clearly is in correlation with confidence, so why put them down?
    oh and st james’ is too quiet for my liking..

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Dec 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #17

    I like obertan until he gets near the box, he struggles to regularly put a decent cross in. That being said, he’s young, fast and has a great opportunity at this club to progress.
    It’s not too often that Alex ferguson let’s a great player leave, time will tell.

  • PapaToon

    Dec 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Fans do this everytime we get a new player. Just have a look at this blog for comments by ppl on guiterez, colo, enrique and even BA! at the beginning of the season.
    Give em time man, its not like we have a relegation battle on our hands that we need to change stuff up. We dont have a player like him in the side, he is quick and he has trickery and he puts 3 million more crosses in compared to guiterze because he does other things well. So does obertan he is priceless for releasing pressure and counter attack.

  • Gallowgate

    Dec 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #19

    I agree m8 also if the big clubs decide to not play ball with FIFA its a waste of time them making the rules.The Biggest clubs in Europe together have way more power than FIFA could ever hope to control and could possibly see a breakaway European super league or similar type of scenario……… Scary really !!

  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 30, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    The Problem With Obertan is he does Some Crackin Work then Instead of Passing It to a striker he tries to do the Hollywood Stuff and Looses it . We have seen Time and Time again a Striker standing in space waiting of the ball to bang it home and Obertan just tries the Chrissy Waddle Thing and hashes it up !!!! Maybe in a few More years but not as Yet !!

  • toonincheek

    Dec 30, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #21

    Can’t really agree that Ober “brilliantly set up Demba Ba for Newcastle’s second goal against Bolton” – he hit it hard into the midle, as he usually does, usually with no effect. only this time, Ba was positioned well enough to just get a foot to it before Cahill.

  • bills-son

    Dec 30, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #22

    PapaToon @18 – well said.

    There were fans on here saying Ba was a waste and another Shola after three games !! Where are they now eh ?

    Obertan is 22 and has played less than 25 Prem games. He is a baby still serving his apprenticeship BUT the stats prove he has created more chances than any other Toon player. IMO he has done very well for a £3M player especially when you consider he was a straight swap for Routledge. There is bags more to come from Oba and even now he doesn’t get the credit he deserves, especially for his chasing back and defensive work.

    Another problem he has is that, unlike movie star looks HBA, he is a funny looking fuc£er. He isn’t ‘cool’ and many fans (as daft as it sounds) only see the good in the cool guys and the bad in the funny fuc£ers. Obertan suffers from that IMO.

  • beddersmag

    Dec 30, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    I can tell you now he will get no change from enrique. Bet you he is anonymous…

  • beddersmag

    Dec 30, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Happy to give him time to come good mind. Just think it wont be tonight against a pumped up enrique

  • solano

    Dec 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah Bills…that’s why Beardsley is a playing legend – what a good looking fella he was! 😉
    Obertan should get the backing of the fans when he is on the pitch, no doubt. But he has also put in some woeful performances that have not warranted his continued presence in the side.If we had a bigger squad and more options, then his confidence may well have been restored by a little spell out of the 1st team and the chants of the boo boys.
    We all know there was a lot more at issue than footballing ability when JB left, but I can’t say Obertan has been an improvement on Huyton’s finest so far!


    Dec 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Obertan needs to continue developing and find more confidence, he will also have Marveaux breathing down his neck soon.
    Really getting excited about the match tonight and l think Benny will be on the bench again and come on in the last half hour.
    l hope Obertan skins Enrique and sets up a couple of goals for Ba and Arfa and l would love it if he danced into the box and hit a rocket shot into the top corner.
    Onwards and upwards mighty mags.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #27

    pigs will fly one day to,

    i really dont buy into this obertan confidence thing, isnt he in a team that is /was brimming with confidence? right now we are siting in 7th, 4 points of chelsea,,

    he dont need time to adapt to english, he speaks it very well, the pace off the game maybe? no dont think its that to, he may have played ONLY 20 somthing games for man u, but he trained everyday with top quality players at man u,
    he has had 18 starts for nufc, and im sorry but only on a few occasions he has shown us somthing good ,

    he is 22 and carnt cross a ball, a basic skill for a winger, sorry its as simple as that,

  • max

    Dec 30, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #28

    he still young and has many years to prove


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