Let’s Give Gabby Obertan A Chance


Gabby Obertan probably had his best game in Newcastle colors last Thursday night against Atromitos in the Europa League, when he was our Man of the Match,  and showed some significant skill down the right wing.

Great shot of Obertan in action against Atromitos

The French winger joined Newcastle from Manchester United last summer for £3M, after being at the Red Devils for a couple of seasons after joining from Bordaux in the summer of 2009, again for £3M.

Gabby has skills, there’s no doubt about that, but he is also  frustrating to watch,  and often makes the wrong choices in various situations, but at only 23, he’s still a work in progress, and Alan Pardew has reminded fans the lad is still young, and learning his trade:

“Gabby is only 23. People think he’s 27 and that we’ve bought an ­experienced player. We’ve bought a young player.”  “He’s still a work in progress. But he has got a lot of ­attributes and he needs to bring them to the pitch.”

“If he can, he’s a really ­formidable talent.”  “He just needs to put it all ­together on the pitch.”

We could well see Gabby get on this afternoon for Newcastle, when we take on Aston Villa at St. James’ Park, and a win is what we really need, to keep the spirit and confidence high in the squad – and among the fans.

If we can get the win this afternoon, Newcastle will have won three, drawn one and lost one of our first five very tough games this campaign, and that would be a good start to the season.

Maybe Gabby can come on and contribute big time in the win today – we hope so – because when he’s on his day and runs at the opposing defenses, he scares the living daylights out of them. 😀

We hope to see Gabby do that today.

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110 comments so far

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    This is the 1st Newcastle squad I’ve seen, and I’ve seen many, that doesn’t have a single player I’d question was worthy of the shirt. Top men! Even Gabby Obertan, who is so strangely ugly yet urbane looking that he surely has more than has met the eye thus far.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Lets see Gabby perform consistently.

    He was good for 45 mins the other night, then faded for 35 only to reappear in the game for the final 10 mins.

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  • Grafton83

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    It was nice to see him play well, the confidence will be good for him but I wouldn’t get too carried away it was against Atromistos. If only he could develop his crossing, his pace is amazing.

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  • Mystic Mike's Iron Curtain

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Give him a chance today then!

    _______________Krul_______________
    Santoon____Saylor___Colo_____Jonas
    __________Cabaye___Anita
    Obertan_________HBA_________Marveaux
    _______________Cisse

    Attack, attack, attack!

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  • Kyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Gotta go fast.

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  • Mystic Mike's Iron Curtain

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m aware that’s not going to happen, because Simpson is exempt from being dropped when he’s fit.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Repost Ed’s too quick,
    This is not a dig just a genuine curiosity,somebody yesterday published a load of stats about finance,net spend etc,I noticed that the130M debt Mashley inherited is still the same how can that be with a net profit of something like 40M in transfers TV revenue,pies and lager and that,I know some people on here vehemently deny that Mashley is taking money from the club,but why isn’t the debt being reduced.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

    @Hatems
    Hoping Gabby comes good, but he had little playtime i think up until that evning when he got a full run out. He looked very jaded the last 20 mins.

    To reply to your other post in the last thread.
    AP said we sold Best cause he wanted regular first team football.
    Why we didn’t get a replacement i do not know. My thought would be what we’ve heard all summer. If the targets we want are not available, we won’t go for other just to throw bodies in.
    Besides, if we play tactics where we need mainly 1 striker, u’d have Cisse, Shola, Ba to fight it out, and top it off with Campbell.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Jai
    Not 100% sure but I think the debt is the interest free loan from him.

    So by that kit going down it means he is not paying himself back and is leaving that money in the club.

    Happy to be corrected if wrong on this

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  • Mystic Mike's Iron Curtain

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #10

    All Gabby needs to do is have more conviction in his instinct, like he did against Atromitos. He made his mind up then went for it, instead of hesitating, then stalling, only for the opportunity to be lost.

    Keep it simple. Beat your man, with as few of the pointless step-overs as possible, whip in the ball! Some of his crossing was decent the other night.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Meant not, not kit

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  • PortsladeToon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #12

    hallelujah,
    For a long time I’ve thought he deserves a chance lets face it SAF didn’t want to get rid of him he just wanted to play football like all footballers except those of man city they go to a club because they want to play and compete at the highest level they can, Obertan can and will be a good player for us if he is given the playing time he needs he wasn’t at Man utd and so far hasn’t with us but he has shown some very good football (like Thursday night) just needs to be played regularly so he can get more experience

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  • Sav

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Obertan has it all – except for a footballer’s brain. Unfortunately, you can’t teach that and he is destined to waste chances, pick the wrong pass, fluff his one-on-ones and generally get in the way of Newcastle’s progress until we find some other club to take him off our hands..I’ve nothing against him. That’s just my assessment and Taggart agrees with me.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    @Jail
    It’s just a guess ofc, but so will everyone elses be.
    Maybe he aims to take the money out once the club is sold, by mortaging what he can before selling.
    Or maybe he’s taking the money once the club become self sufficient enough to pay back on a monthly basis?
    Enough to not let the club be hit too hard by it ofc.
    Or maybe he doesn’t plan to take it back at all?

    How does a club pay something back to the one who owns it? Isn’t it all in the same pocket anyway?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #15

    JFA
    As far as i understand it the debt is intrest free and will only be paid when the club is sold, not saying thats right just what i was told a couple of years back

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  • Rusbjerg11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    The team for todays game:

    Krul
    Simpson – Saylor – Colo – Santon
    Tiote
    Hatem – Cabaye – Anita – Obertan
    Cisse

    Great team! 😀
    HOWAY THE LADS!

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  • Grafton83

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Sav thats not true, everything can be learnt it just takes time and practise. The more expirence he gets against good opposition the quicker he will improve. That’s the same for any player.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #18

    JfA

    Just because the club is making a proft, doesn’t mean that money has to be spent. Whos to say that the club doesn’t have a current balance of £30m (or whatever) ?

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #19

    On a seperate not, im quite liking the new European kit. Lets hope we can stay in the competition long enough to wear it a few times

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Doesn’t have a footballers brain, interesting, cos he’s quite bright isn’t he, did well at school. Maybe he’s over thinking. He is certainly capable of flashes of brilliance, Walcott style, and he’s come good.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Lads,
    Cheers for the replies,thats what I would have thought as well the debt comes with the club so he needs to sell us for 231M to make a profit on a sale,but if he’s not taking any money out where is it all going,the transfer kitty must be huge,5under1ands owners aren’t sentimental fools they’re in it for the money,how can they afford to spend every year and still make money.
    There was a doco with Alan Sugar earlier this year (or last) I thought it was going to explain it all but it wasn’t much use tbh.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #22

    TDS,
    I’d hazard a guess at more like 80-100M,if thats the case then.

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  • roadfighter

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Apologies repost from last blog post:

    roadfighter // Sep 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I for one am excited to see some youth players get a chance. Bigi looks decent, who is to say he cannot perform in an EPL match unless he hasn’t been given a chance..?

    Also, agreem with bills-son.

    Perch, as an example, has done great recently. Who would have that a year or so ago..

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  • zimtoon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Y are people leaving out Ba from their teams afterall he has played far much better than Cisse this season it a good thing none of them have a say in the team Ap selects

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    the way i see it is, newcastle united is its own private company, ashley owns it, the club had debt before he owned it, the debt has just moved and become intrest free, which benefits us obviously

    should ashley choose to sell the club he will be selling it with debt, so whoever bought it would have to buy the club and pay back the debt to him, im sure he is in for the long haul now so will be interesting to see what happens

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #26

    Gabby Obertan probably had his best game in Newcastle colors against the weakest team we have played, when we signed him i called him a clown and that’s what has played for us, and only on Thursday did he put the effort in that changed his game and made himself look a half decent player, like Perch if you want something enough and put the effort in you can get to a respectable level, the only obstacle to Obertan is Obertan if you go to the game today and he plays watch him off the ball he wanders about in a daze. but like all our players i will always support them and give my all to spur them on, our crowd are always fair to players that make the effort.

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  • Mystic Mike's Iron Curtain

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #27

    I just want us to look blood-thirsty today. We could possibly crush Villa if we come out the blocks flying at them. Been too timid so far this season, for my liking.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    @Jail
    All i know is, after seeing Platinis statement today, it’ll be very interesting to see how heavily this’ll affect clubs…

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #29

    i definately think obertan thinks on the ball too much like, a top quality player plays on instincts aswell as skill, he knows before the ball gets to him where hes going to knock it

    hope he can get a good run of form together, can only be good for the squad

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #30

    JfA

    Where has that figure come from haha? Last year we made a £33m profit (due to the sale of Carroll). We were still running at a loss if it wasn’t for that sale.

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  • bro56

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Is Obertan only 23?!?! I thought he was about 27 🙂

    in that case I’ll give him 20 mins to perform or I’m Oooot!

    I hope he does do well (obviously) as he has pace to burn . If he tries to take on a player or two and more importantly for me, tracks back and gets stuck it!!!

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #32

    dave 1961

    you really think a team that finished 4th in greece is worse than likes of stevenage, brighton and the likes??

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #33

    Obertan is a typical footballing prodigy that has failed to make the grade…. unfortunately his mental fragility seems to have contributed to his lack of development.

    Backed up by the fact he had only played 25 odd professional games before arriving at Newcastle…

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #34

    I think people are considering leaving out Ba because if all players are fit it’s become an extremely tough side to get all your best players into.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #35

    TDS,
    Why to people buy clubs then if they are going to lose money then,it must be some type of tax fiddle that benefits other interests they have,(bar City and Chelsea),
    as I say I thought that Alan Sugar thing would have explained it.

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  • roadfighter

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Mystic Mike’s Iron Curtain – totally agree with the squad and comments. Jonas can work really well as a full back, and provide for either Ben Arfa or Marveux…

    It’s up to Obertan to step his game and prove what he can do..

    I guess he deserves a chance and wouldn’t mind if Pardew played him. He did after all get a few games in the good start NUFC had last season…

    Either way, Come on the Toon !!! 🙂 🙂

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  • Jamiemac

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #37

    Mystic Mike’s Iron Curtain and Rusbjerg11

    Why are you both leaving out Ba?

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  • rwpoynter

    Sep 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #38

    I agree that Obertan is someone growing into the role.I cannot understand all the flack Williamson and Simpson get either. Remember back to when Hughton bought Perch and all the criticism he received, and now he has blossomed into a very good player.
    Much as I respect Jimmymagpie’s views and I am glad he is back on the blog, I cannot agree with him in his views about Mike Ashley. I know we might have done more in the transfer window, but I don’t profess to know the ins and outs of the Debuchy and Douglas business. Last week we were all led to believe that Debuchy was off to Real Madrid for a sum we probably could have afforded, but it didn’t happen so what was all that about? Most importantly, we have not lost any of our best players and we have gained Anita and three good youngsters. The academy is bringing through many good players, even if we are a bit tentative in ‘blooding’ them early. When Mike inherited this club there was an awful lot of highly paid poor performers on the books. Under his watch we have added Ranger and Xisco to that, so it is no surprise to me that he is unwilling to get his fingers burned again. Thankfully most of them have now moved on, but surely we do not want to go down the line of all those trophy signings again. He has made some mistakes and I would expect he is aware of that, but he has turned this club around and made it a lot healthier than it was 4 years ago.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #39

    JfA

    I thought Ashley bought the the club because he though he could make easy money off of it. He got it on the cheap, didn’t he? Lambias said that during the summer before relegation season, they were in the process of selling the club (Keegan was only appointed because the Arab buyers wanted him in charge – according to Dezza). I imagine he bought it to make a quick buck, but due to his neglect of proper process he failed miserably.

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  • yorkshireToon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Travelling up to the toon for my first game of the season, fancy a win today boys!

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