Gabriel Obertan had a first season at Newcastle that was interrupted too much by injury.
Gabriel Obertan – can still make it big on Tyneside
But he still got to make 25 appearances, with 19 starts for Newcastle with one superb goal, scored against Blackburn Rovers at at Ewood Park in January.
In the two previous season he was at Manchester United he appeared only 28 times with one goal so Gabby is pleased with the extra playing time he got at Newcastle.
The jury is still out on the French U21 International, but he is a willing worker, and he can still become a top player for Newcastle under Alan Pardew’s excellent tutelage.
The 23-year-old can run at opposing defenses and scare the living daylights out of them, and he quite a few games where he looked the part of Newcastle.
More games in the Premier League will only help this player, who seemed pleased enough with his first season on Tyneside:
“For my first season, I’m quite happy,” “You always want more. I’ve played maybe 20 games, and compared to the two previous seasons, that’s a lot.”
“I’m quite happy with it. I’m just a bit frustrated about the injuries, but that’s football.”
And with Newcastle back in Europe after six years absence, there will be more games for Newcastle to play and Gabby should get plenty of playing time next season.
The lad is still young at only 23 – and Newcastle fans and the coaches will need to be just a little patient with the Frenchman.
That’s what Alan Pardew said during the season with the former Bordeaux player:
“We have to be patient with him,” “He understands that he needs to threaten the goal a bit more, but his pace, trust me, makes the opposition go on the back foot.”
Gabby’s potential was spotted early and he played for all of the French youth sides through U21 level, and played for them 11 times and in total played 49 games with 9 goals for all the French Youth sides from U16 through U21.
We still think the player, who was born on the outskirts of Paris in Pantin, has a decent chance of becoming a good player at Newcastle.
What do you think?