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!!