With signing the six Frenchmen this year, Newcastle do seem to have a better squad in terms of depth and skills than last year at this time, and with less games to play this season, because we are not in Europe, we are hoping that will help the side do well in the league and maybe even in the two cups.
Gabby Obertan – after scoring against Bordeaux last year
And two players we haven’t seen anything from this season are Gabby Obertan and Mike Williamson, and both now seem to have recovered from their injuries.
Gabby has been out with a hamstring tear, and Mike had only a minor injury but that kept him out of the four games so far this season.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say in the Shields Gazette this morning:
“I think Gabby will come back to us, and Willo will be fit,” “As long as we don’t pick up any knocks in training, we should have a good squad going to Villa.” “We’re in a lot better health with the result.”
Gabby Obertan has slipped way down the pecking order at Newcastle, and both Mike Williamson and the Frenchman will find it hard to make the bench in games this season.
While we half expected Obertan to go out on loan this season or even be sold, with Newcastle not bringing in any permanent senior signing this summer (why we didn’t we have no idea), means that Alan Pardew has not allowed any senior player to go out on loan.
There will some competition for places a week on Saturday when we play at Aston Villa, and Steven Taylor is now available after serving his three match ban for eb iong sent off in the first game of the season at the Etihad.
But we’d be surprised if he can replace Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the side, as the French International has looked solid alongside Fab Coloccini in the Newcastle defense.
So for once all four senior center-backs are fit and able, but we think Alan Pardew will stick with the Yanga-Mbiwa – Coloccini pairing.
What do you think?
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