This Winger’s Speed Can Be An Asset To Newcastle


We saw Gabriel Obertan the first time this season on Wednesday night in the game against Leeds United, and he could have scored a couple of goals as twice he was clean through on goal late in the game, but goalkeeper Paddy Kenny both times blocked his shot.

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Gabby Obertan – after scoring against his former club Bordeaux last season

We had thought the Frenchman may have even been sold in the summer, but Alan Pardew has said today that Obertan could still have a future at the club, and his pace is a real asset to the side.

This is what Pardew told the local press today:

“At times Gabby has come in for a bit of stick here.” “His pace is still a real asset to us – especially when we take the lead.” “He can come off the bench and stretch teams.

“He came off the bench against Leeds and could have had a couple of goals.” “Gabby’s desperate to do well here.” “That was nice to have that option.” “We have more options now.”

“I have to be able to make changes.”

The 24 year-old former Bordeaux winger was signed from Manchester United in August two years ago for £3M on a five-year contract, but he has still to fulfill his promise on Tyneside.

Gabby has now played 50 times for the Magpies with a couple of goals, and we’ll have to see if he has done enough to get into the 18 man squad for the game at Everton on Monday night.

Certainly this season, competition for places is greater than it’s been for a long time at Newcastle, and that has to be good, and just to make the bench these days is difficult enough.

What do you think?

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10 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Sep 27, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    My two bits regarding game etc., a day late!

    Tiote must surely be silencing the bashers, slowly but surely. He doesn’t shy from the ball, makes himself available, is powerful, can control the ball. Together with Anita, he keeps things ticking. My point: this is a better duo than the Anita / Cabaye one. The latter are two similar small players who can’t aspire to dominate a MF, even with Sissoko amongst them.
    I have often been critical of the Ameobis, but this new model may come good. He easily drifts past players and can easily take the ball away from opponents. Never thought I’d say this: “I like Ameobi.”
    And, inevitably, Gouffran: ‘The guy is good but he can’t score etc. etc.’, I’ve heard it said… This lad’s better than ‘we’ think, I think 🙂

    Oh, Obertan… sorry, sell.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 27, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilo & Tudor

    I think we may missunderstood, but I don’t know you maybe correct.
    What Ashley doesn’t want is probably big wage old players or expensive old players like Mario Gomez (20million).
    I don’t know if they are free, Ashley would probably say yes. I’m not too sure about this because we haven’t gone looking for one.
    Our policy was supposed to be looking max 26yrs old players, but we signed Debuchy and going after Gomis.

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  • Slank

    Sep 27, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes, there is logic in playing Obertan under certain circumstances and at certain times in a game but given how infrequent these are is it wise to have a ‘specialist’ warming the bench all the time?

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 27, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s rightfully behind Sammy and should of contributed 2 goals against Leeds but failed to he’s an average squad player

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  • thebionicMAG

    Sep 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Obers speed could be an asset. However doing absolutely bugger all with it is definitely not…

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 27, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Crumbs
    I asked this question yesterday – would it be worth using Obertan as a ‘super sub’ like LIverpool and ‘Steve Highway’

    Bring him on in away games when the TOON are winning by the odd goal or drawing and the home team are pressing for the quick counter attack with a ball over the top or through the middle.

    Or Home games when we are winning by the odd goal and the away tea are pressing??

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  • JaxtheMag

    Sep 27, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    obertan has so much pace.the coaches at the toon should be making sure he uses it better.defenders hate players with pace.

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  • Sav

    Sep 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    A wide variety of thermal underwear was on display against Hull. Glad to see Gouuffran shed his undershirt for the second half and I have no doubt this helped with the goal. Marve

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  • Sav

    Sep 27, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    had his tights on while Obertan wore the full wardrobe – long sleeves, tights and gloves. I was waiting for the Peruvian ear-warmer hat to finish the ensemble. With all that clobber, no wonder he is useless. Unfortunately, it doesn’t insulate him from criticism.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #10

    that’s 50 games that could have went to developing someone with talent. let’s not waste more gametime on Oba, give it to Marveaux, Campbell or Sammy. Same goes for Shola.

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