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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