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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