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.
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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