We had wondered why Gabby Obertan had managed to make the bench over the last few games, when other players like Steven Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez hadn’t, but Alan Pardew had admitted that Gabby has been performing brilliantly in training.
Gabby Obertan in action last season
And so has Sammy Ameobi, but he doesn’t make the bench all the time, and the 21 year-old doesn’t seem to be getting the playing time he needs to quickly improve his game and become a good player for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew hinted the training has been good over the few weeks, and that certain players are desperate for a game:
“I’ve mentioned the obvious names, but Sammy Ameobi has been brilliant in training and Obertan as well. They just have to be patient.” “The relationships within the team are maybe sometimes more important than the manager realizes
“I have changed teams in the past without realising the relationship certain players had – a full-back and a winger for example – and how well they had worked together.”
That last line may be a hint about the two current wingers – Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko – tracking back well and combining well with the two full backs – Mathieu Debuchy and Davide Santon.
We suppose that Gabby Obertan and Sammy Ameobi could get starts tomorrow night in South Wales, but it still seems a bit of a long shot.
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