Gabby Obertan was a surprise inclusion in Newcastle’s starting eleven at the Emirates, and he played quite well in an unusual position for him in the center of the field.
Gabriel Obertan – not the finished article yet
It seems that Alan Pardew is a believer in the Frenchman, and certainly he has the ability to run straight at the opposition and he also possessed a fair bit of skill.
We’ve always though that with the right coaching Gabby vcan turn into a very good players, but he;s not the finished article yet.
And we have absolutely no complaints with the lad’s attitude, as with all of the Frenchman on Tyneside he seems like a top class professional.
Gabby is just pleased to get a chance in the team, and he had this to say today:
“I am delighted to get a chance. The manager has showed faith in me and I want to repay him.” “On Monday it was a different position for me. I felt I did OK – I tried to do what the manager had asked me to do.”
“I stayed back in midfield more and was asked to cut off the play to their wingers as much as possible. I did the best I could, unfortunately we lost but that is football – as I say.
“It is obviously difficult to play a different role and come back after time out but it is exciting too.” “Just to be playing football again is very exciting after a long time out but yes, it takes time to get back into it.”
“You do not have the same rhythm as when you play every week so maybe I just need one or two games to get my sharpness back.” “I was delighted to be on the pitch even though I was disappointed with the way the game ended.”
One reason Obertan left Manchester United was to play more games, and so far this season he has 24 appearances for the Newcastle first team with one goal.
And in his two seasons he was at the Red Devils after singing from Bordeaux in the summer of 2009, he played only 28 times with one goal – so he’s definitely getting the playing time on Tyneside.
And we think (and hope) that Gabby will improve as he plays more and more games for Newcastle.
What do you think?