French Winger Hopes To Improve On Last Season


We saw glimpses of how good Gabby Obertan can be for Newcastle last season, but some niggling injuries seemed to interrupt his progress a bit last term.

Gabby Obertan in action against Blackburn last season

There’s no doubt Obertan has a lot of skill and is a good technical player, and that’s true with most of the French players, who are schooled in the basics when very young.

And Obertan also likes running directly at defenders, which can scare the living daylights out of them, and looked very good in some of the games last season.

So with an injury free season next term, we think (and hope) that Gabby can improve his play on Tyneside.

This is what Gabby, who was born in Pantin in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, told the local press today:

“I am looking forward to finding some rhythm and coming back fully fit.” “You always need that. Everybody had a great season last year and we’ll look to build on that.”

“As a first-team player you have to prove all the time what you can do in front of the manager.”  “No matter if that’s in training, friendly games, reserve games or first team.”

“You are always looking improve and catch the manager’s eye.” “I showed last season I can play in a different position when needed.” “But you just want to play your part no matter where that is.”

Gabby played 25 times with one goal last season for the Magpies, and that was a big improvement over his two previous seasons at Manchester United, where he played only 28 times with one goal.

Obertan played for all the French Youth teams at U16, U17, U18, U19 and U21 level – appearing 11 times with one goal at the U21 level.

But Gabby has never been capped by France at full International level,  and we also have to remember he’s still only 23.

This lad still has time to do very well at Newcastle, and then maybe force his way into the full French side, and that’s  what we’ll be hoping for over the next year or two.

Comments welcome.



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

344 comments so far

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I for one hope he does

    0
  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Improve that is (sorry)

    0
  • GFH

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Given encouragement from the terraces he can become a confident great player , given flak I could see him sink .

    0
  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    @gfh

    He is clearly a confidence player. People shouldn’t underestimate what some good vocal backing could do for the lad.

    0
  • MKtoon

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Really hope he comes good one day… Just needs to get a bit of confidence and a better end product and hed be a cracking player.

    0
  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    I think the fact that he played through all levels at French nationals but the senior team show how going to a club that is such a pressure cooker like manure is not always good for the long term career.

    The lad had obvious talent in abundance and was coming along nicely but then fergie took him to manure and he went backwards, I just hope that NUFC can work with him and bring the confidence back to the surface.

    I think the secret with him is nurture not force and with manure it was force in my opinion.

    0
  • magpiemover

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    send him out on loan to the championship for a season get him confidence them next season we might see the best of him

    0
  • magpiemover

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    then not them

    0
  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Obertan for sure has the ability to become a top player and with the Europa League games, which i think will benefit him especially, can only help him improve as a player along with our support and the nurturing of Pards, Carver and co.

    0
  • toonfin

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Haha Super shola created the storm http://t.co/gfmIOdJ3

    0
  • MKtoon

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    I would especially like if he scored against united one day… 🙂

    0
  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    magpiemover,

    No sending him down a League will not help his confidence at his age (23). He will get opportunities in the Europa League and domestic cups to improve as a player and then try have a crack at the Prem side if somebody like Benny or Marv gets a knock or goes out of form.

    0
  • Graeme

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    He has great potential to deliver what Jonas can’t and that’s whipping the ball into the box from the wing.

    We have the strikers, no doubt about it, if Obatoon can provide the service, we will see more goals from more players and that has to be a good thing!!

    0
  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #14

    the kids problem is self belief definitely.. He also needs to improve on his decision making.. when to put in the ball early or take on the full back to the touchline. Before that though is the self belief that he can give defenders nightmares. Hope he works out but needs huge improvement.

    0
  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Really looks like we could be in for a busy early July if all goes well.

    Luuk de Jong for Best
    Anita for Guthrie
    Debuchy for Simpson
    Douglas (still hopeful we may get somebody quicker like Mbiwa or Zapata) for Campbell
    Amalfitano for Lovenkrands
    Abeid or Gosling will step up for Smith replacement

    Maybe then just need a magic man like Hoilett or Narsingh to provide a bit more cover out wide, CAM and as supporting pacey strikers and we’d be sorted.

    0
  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Yeah Hoilett or Narsingh or maybe Hueng Son-Min if Hamburg drop the price tag down a bit will replace Ranger if we can get rid of him as well.

    0
  • elpaso_geordie

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    I dont recall to many glimpses of brilliance from Obertan to be honest and his delivery into the box was bloody awful

    Lads not up to it – end of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0
  • Nick 69

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #18

    there was maybe 1 or 2 moments of quality from him the whole season. Hope he comes good, however can’t see it. Don’t think he’s got it in him to play well conistently. At best we’ll get 1 good performace every 4 or 5 games. He’s fast, has some skill, BUT, can’t cross or shoot whatsoever, infact his shooting is up there with the worst, always at good 10-15 yards wide or high

    0
  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #19

    elpaso_geordie @ # 17

    I did not watch him pre manure so knew nothing about him but was impressed when he turned out for manure in a prem match.

    He had serious pace could take a defender with no problem and had an abundance of tricks to unbalance defenders with.

    But he is so obviously a confidence player and needs to be nurtured not dropped at the first error, he had stiff competition at his slot and needed more time than fergie was prepared to give him.

    Your nonsense of a comment is a typical example of how entrenched people can become in their outlook, it’s also a great example of why you are just on this blog rubbishing players instead of running a team/club of your own.

    You come across as one of those that if they went to the games they would just be berating the lad and not giving him the chance he needs.

    0
  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #20

    I hope he comes good but I think it is more than confidence.

    He was a star at youth football but he has struggled to make the grade in the senior game.

    The time he spent at man utd will have slowed his progress as he didnt get many games.

    I never boo our players but if he wants the backing of st james’ he will have to earn it. He needs to show hard work and be brave and want the ball.

    I’m sure he can do this but it is down to him to show it.

    0
  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #21

    I see him as a Nani type of player, Nani was awful for a year or two, similar pace, tricks but poor decision making letting him down, now he is excellent. Heres hope Gabby finds the form he is capable of.

    0
  • spitfire_

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #22

    Damn… there’s a lot of shrinks out here… confidence, self believe… obviously anyone are in his head. But maybe there’s have a simple explanation… like he just sucks or he doesn’t fit in england style of play… but that’s me. He have a second season to prove himself… if he is still on this level he must go… Colo also was awful in his first season but he have a massiv improve sence then… so one last chance for Obertan.

    0
  • OoAhDembaBa

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #23

    don’t understand why he doesn’t use his pace more often? he can burn players with ease but yet decides for the trick stick, just knock it on and whip it in

    0
  • yorkshireToon

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #24

    Just seen on sky sports clynes contracts out tomorrow, forgot about that wonder of we’ll step up approach for him with west ham hoping to sign him

    0
  • Nick 69

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Cool Hand Luke – he has nowhere near the quality of Nani. Nani as a cracking cross and shot and Obertan’s is woeful.

    If Obertan’s end product was going to improve it would have done so at Man Utd, who lets be honest have a much much better track record of improving players than us. Fact is Fergie doesn’t sell players cheap that have potential to become top players.

    And for all those saying its just confidence, he needs games etc etc. Can we really afford to be carrying players for 5-10 games just so they can gain confidence with the HOPE, that he’ll get better? He had a run of about 10-15 games at the start of the season and got worse not better from what I remember

    0
  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Nick69, he does now, but in his first season for man utd he was woeful, so was ronaldo for that matter. My point was that hopefully there is alot of improvement left in him.

    0
  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Cant really see him pushing benny for his spot maybe try and get him learn a new position like tucked in behind the striker because in all honesty raylors better on the wing

    0
  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #28

    is baines worth 15 million?

    Harry redknobb would have signed ballotelli? my goodness how good is he? he even turned us down.

    0
  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Spitfire @ # 22

    It’s nothing to do with being a shrink, it’s just watching the players and how they behave.

    Some players have a strong character and personality and other don’t, those that don’t are more susceptible to the reactions of the crowds Gabby appears to be one of the latter.

    Simple really don’t just look at what the player does with the ball but also how he behaves when he passes it or shoots, if it’s a dud does he get angry with himself and then go looking for the ball again to do it right or does he go into hiding a little.

    0
  • graham cwarr

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #30

    @nick69 except ravel Morrison who fergie said has the most potential he’s seen.

    0
  • graham cwarr

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #31

    And giuseppe rossi

    0
  • Toon1978

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Obertan has the ability he just lack’s confidence imo. As for De Jong, it’s not looking good as all i am seeing is that prat Maclaren banging on about paying over the odd’s for Jong. With us losing Cisse and Ba to the AFN and Olympic’s i think it’s pretty important that we get De Jong through the door. One minute it look’s promising the next it look’s like the deal is doomed lol. Finger’s crossed on this one, it will go to the wire imo 🙂

    0
  • graham cwarr

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Obertan has the physical ability but his feet are currently 10 yards ahead of his brain

    0
  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #34

    @toon1978

    McClaren has no say in it, it’s down to the clubs officials. Steve will obviously say that so when he is sold the fans will think he tried to keep him.

    People have very polarised opinions of obertan. Truth is he is a decent player, nothing special but he needs to show it.

    0
  • Beattie25

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Has anyone seen this that’s just been posted on twitter and is doing the rounds???

    http://twitter.com/MrMLF10/status/219015167692906496/photo/1

    0
  • Toon1978

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #36

    graham cwarr

    EXACTLY mate. I have often thought that. His body is in the oppo’s half and his brain is still in the his own half. He is to quick for his own good lol.

    0
  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Nick 69 @ # 25

    If Obertan’s end product was going to improve it would have done so at Man Utd, who lets be honest have a much much better track record of improving players than us.

    Sorry just to name one, Veron £28 mil fergie did not have a clue as to how to get the game out of the then MASSIVE signing he made don’t be taking in by the hype that surrounds the club, they are equally adept at making right royal f**kups as anyone else.

    The fact they get overshadowed by the clubs success does not take away the fact that they regularly cock up on players.

    0
  • Nick 69

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Cool Hand Luke – Nani had a bad first season at Utd yes, but id seen him play in Portgual and he had quality delivery and shooting then, it was just about adapting to the Prem. Obertan however has shown no signs of a good end product, and has been in England 3 year now and probably looks a worse player than when he arrived.

    graham cwarr – Morrison is another bell end like Ranger tho, and he didnt want to sell Rossi but had no choice as he wanted to leave

    0
  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #39

    Nick 69 @ # 38

    Obertan however has shown no signs of a good end product, and has been in England 3 year now and probably looks a worse player than when he arrived.

    So he was a better player when he arrived then what he is now so is that not possibly more of an indication that he has been mismanaged than anything to do with his playing ability????

    0
  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Sorry typo previous post should have looked like this

    Nick 69 @ # 38

    Obertan however has shown no signs of a good end product, and has been in England 3 year now and probably looks a worse player than when he arrived.

    So he was a better player when he arrived then what he is now so is that not possibly more of an indication that he has been mismanaged than anything to do with his playing ability????

    0
1 2 3 9

You must log in to post a comment.