Pardew – We’ve Missed This Lad’s Pace

Gabriel Obertan – Gabby to some – has been missing from the Newcastle side for several weeks now, with a mysterious toe injury,  but it looks like he will return to the squad on Monday night at Fulham.

Gabby Obertan scores first goals against Bordeaux in 3-0 win

The toe problem whatever it was (why couldn’t they just have cut it off – just kidding) is now healed,  and we expect him to be on the bench at Craven Cottage, and depending on the state of the game in the second half, Gabby could even get a run out in London.

Certainly Alan Pardew is only too pleased to have the French U21 international back:

“We’ve missed Obertan’s pace – we really have.” “He puts teams on the back foot and makes their left-back stay at home. He’ll be important to us.” “He’s gone a little bit under the radar. I think he’d be a godsend for us now.

“He was very important in those first 10 games where we didn’t get beat last year.” “Also, coming off the bench, he gives the opposition back four a problem, and stops them coming forward.

“Their full-back doesn’t want to come forward when we have Obertan on the pitch. We’ve missed him.”

Gabby has looked very good in a number of game for the Magpies, and there’s no doubt he has both speed and skill and can offer something different up front for Newcastle.

And Ben Arfa will also return on Monday, and is likely to get a start on the right wing for Newcastle – and maybe we can see one of his special goals for the club in London?

Gabby Obertan is the under-study to Ben Arfa, but he is a good player,  and needs to work on his consistency and his decision-making is sometimes faulty – but since he’s still only 23 – he has time to improve on Tyneside.

We’re glad to see both Gabby and Ben Arfa back for Newcastle.

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7 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Being caught under the mistletoe with Sonia from eastenders is too good for Ashley .

  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Having some good pace on the pitch is always good for the offence!! Marvey on one side, Obertoon on the other, HBA in behind a single striker (Cisse OR Ba) – should be enough to give a lot of defenders some sleepless nights lol

  • miggy

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    jail for ashley haha funny as made me laugh reading that and i agree

  • Sav

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    We’ve missed his pace. If only it could be transferred to someone else. Unfortunately, his ability to give tyhe ball away, duck out of return passes and general lack of interest or end product are all that he has managed to pass around.

    The only way we’ll see 11 purples on the pitch at any given time is if the redesign the away strip.

  • shanghai fan

    Dec 8, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #5

    If they cut his toe off maybe he’ll be even quicker? 🙂

  • Constanstine

    Dec 8, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #6

    We clearly missed them. Obertan, Gosling and Vuckic should be the ones stepping up the plate and prove themselves when our main men are injured.

  • AmericanGeordie

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #7

    @Graeme. Agreed. I thinks it’s time to play Ben Arfa in the middle of the pitch behind a sole striker in a 4-2-3-1.

    With everyone fit, it might look something like this:



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