Alan Pardew’s Strategy Working In Europe

Gabby Obertan is deservedly getting some praise this morning for his excellent performance last night at St. James’ Park against European opposition Club Brugge, and Gabby got the winning goal after 48 minutes, and it was a very good one too.

Gabby Obertan rifling home his goal last night

Gabby has enormous potential, and the question with the 23 year-old is whether he can use that potential and become a top player for Newcastle in the future.

Obertan has his critics on Tyneside, and the former Manchester United and Bordeaux player had this to say in the local press:

“I am not going to give up.” “I trust myself. It was good – it was my first goal at St James’ Park. It feels great for the confidence.”

“For an offensive player like myself, it was perfect.” “For the goal it was a good move. Sammy Ameobi managed to keep the ball and do some tricks.”

“I was at the right position at the right time.” “I had time on the ball, but I had the coolness to finish it.” “I feel I have done pretty well in the Europa League, and I will wait for that position to come.”

“Players like Sammy and I do not get to play much in the Premier League, so we wanted to show the gaffer we could handle a starting position in the Premier League.”

“It was a tough game but it was great for some players – Sammy, Shane Ferguson and all the young lads played well.”

The three best players for Newcastle last night were all youngsters, with Sammy Ameobi, Gabby and Shane Ferguson all having good games and no doubt impressing the manager.

The situation is exactly what the Newcastle manager was hoping for – that if he gave his youngsters a chance in the European games they would come through and challenge for a first team position in the Premier League.

It seems to be working – and working well.

What do you think?

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4 comments so far

  • Deadpool

    Oct 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    The strategy is working in Europe but is it working in the leauge?

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Well, it’s been fun so far, but let’s face it, the opposition hasn’t been that crash hot really or even not at all. WBA are better than Brugge, I venture.

  • BigKirky

    Oct 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s great to see them wanting to be pushing for a first team place and so they should. In reality, Hatem would have to be playing very poorly over a number of games to be left out and he’s been excellent so far so Obertan would have to do a lot more. If he could learn to cut in and shoot he could be pretty perfect on the left of a three pronged attack if he was on top form.

  • Steve Carney's Super Smirk

    Oct 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m liking the Pardew plan. There’s not a great deal of money in the Eurpoa league, we don’t have a huge squad and the league is of more importance to us, certainly financially, so the Europa league is a great place to blood some of the young talent and get some of them pushing for a first team PL call up.

    I just wish we could get a few more PL wins under our belt.


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