Gabby Obertan is one of those frustrating players – a little like Shola Ameobi – who gives some great performances now and again for Newcastle, and you just know he’s a good player, but he’s not consistent – and it’s a challenge for Alan Pardew to get more consistent performances out of Obertan – who had a great game for Newcastle United last night against Bordeaux.
Gabby Obertan – after setting up first goal for Shola Ameobi
Gabby Obertan probably had his best display in a Newcastle shirt last night, against his former club, and he looked an excellent winger, as he kept running at the Bordeaux defense, and they found it hard to contain the 23 year-old, who left Bordeaux for Manchester United in the summer of 2009.
And we expect Gabby to get some playing time against his other former club on Sunday, when Manchester United will make the trip to St. James’ Park, and in the same fixture last season of course – we ripped the Red Devils apart by a score of 3-0.
They couldn’t live with Newcastle on that fantastic night in early January.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Gabby today:
“I think people’s expectations of him are too high because they want to see him race past the full-back every time, and it’s impossible.” “If he did, the full-back would know what he was going to do, so he has to mix his game up.
“He has to get the balance right – I thought he did. He was excellent.”
Newcastle fans may have to be a little patient with this player, but when he puts on the display he did last night, it’s hard not to expect the same performance game in and game out.
But that may come in time, and we have to remember Obertan is still only 23, so he has still has plenty of time to improve the consistency of his game.
But he was great last night – no doubt about that.
Well done Gabby.
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