Here’s A Player Playing Well Who Gets No Respect At Newcastle

Most of out players this season are under-performing but one player has been playing well, almost as well as he has played at Newcastle over the last three years.

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Gabby Obertan tackles Nathan Dyer yesterday

That is Gabby Obertan, whose career looked over at Newcastle last season when he played just five times for the team, but he has already equaled that number of appearances this season.

Gabby started in the league for the first time this season, and he played the whole game yesterday, and set up the first goal for Papiss Cisse and is currently third in our voting for Man of the Match, behind Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote.

When Newcastle are finding it hard to score goals we need people like Gabby in the side, who can set up the chances for our strikers, and he’s been doing that so far this season.

This is what the former French International said after the game yesterday:

“It’s a good feeling.”  “I’ve been working hard pre-season and the few appearances I have had so far I have been rewarded.”

“I am lucky enough to be efficient.”  “The last three games, the results haven’t been with us.” “We are looking forward.”

“It is a tough situation but we are working hard.”

You’ve got to give it to Gabriel for his character – that he has been able to come back and force himself into the first team, when his career looked over for him.

Gabriel has 58 appearances with two goals for Newcastle so far, and we hope the lad can continue to play well for us,  at a time when a lot of our players seem so short of their best form.

Keep it up Gabby.

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9 comments so far

  • Slank

    Oct 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #1


    I’ve said yonks ago that if 4-2-3-1 never gets us a win then Pardew has to gamble and play an attacking 4-4-2 formation with two wingers and two strikers up front.

    The alernative is 4-3-3 with two wingers and a single striker. Instead of Sissoko in midfield alongside Tiote and Colback I would play Abeid. I would even contemplate a midfield of Tiote, Abeid and Cabella.

    Our strike force should always include Cisse, Obertan and Sammy/Aarons. There is no place for Gouffran.

  • magscar

    Oct 5, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Pretty good summary of where we are now by Toon Prodigy on earlier thread which I repost below as it will have been missed by many due to Ed’s quick threads. It also accounts for whyAshley is in no hurry to find a Pardew Mark 2

    Toon-Prodigy // Oct 5, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    I really don’t get what other fans think we can achieve even with another manager at the helm? Prettier football?

    We may get prettier football and that is as big a “MAY” as you could possibly get going from Ashley’s past recruitment strategies.

    But, anyone who thinks this squad can finish top 8 after injuries is completely deluded in my own opinion. It is impossible. We would have to have every player fit throughout the whole season and then they would have to play well above their level also to get anywhere near.

    People need to understand we are only a mid-table club now, THIS is all we are set up to achieve. Mid-table mediocrity. Ashley has set that bar along time ago now.

    Pardew is just a yes man dealing the best he can with what he has been given. Which is in truth a sh1t squad of foreign players, there is no leaders amongst us or no English core to grab games by the scruff of the neck. He is always going to be managing with one hand behind his back and covering for Ashleys wrong doings and gambles. Every manager will under this regime and disgraceful transfer structure.

    This is not a defence of Pardew, but it is the truth, it’s fact. Any manager who comes in is going to have a hell of a job and will fail also under these rules and structures. The structure is setup to fail, we are not building or trying to win trophies and never have been, there is no footballing plan for success at the club. The only plan we have ever had is to make money and shift players on for profit to fund our next future profits in player sales.

    Until Ashley ups and goes we will always be a mid-table club because this is all he is willing to do. It’s profit first, football and competing second.

    Pardew’s record is abysmal and he has implemented very little over four years, he deserves to go for that record, but at the same time, Ashley is to blame for building absolutely nothing over 7 years and has constantly weakened the squad unless it has looked like we could be relegated. Pardew is a mediocre manager everyone knows this, but people really need to see we are currently a mediocre football team. There is no outstanding footballers at this club? We deserve to be mid-table, that’s all we deserve with how much we have spent? And the quality of the squad.

    If he gets the boot, I hope nobody is expecting a new dawn at NUFC and some mysterious manager coming in and turning us into a top 8 club playing amazing football, because it won’t happen, not while Ashley is here. The squad as a whole is no where near good enough from where I can see. Not once injuries occur.

    He simply is not interested in building a team\squad worthy of giving it a real go.

    The past seven years explains that all very well.

    My own opinion is we will sign players in January and finish mid-table. Ashley gambles, when he see’s it isn’t going to plan he dips into the transfer kitty and rectifies it gambling again.

    Everyone gets a fair share of the blame from the top down to the players. But, Ashley sets the bar where ambition is concerned and how much we spend on building a quality squad. And that is poor to say the least, and has been since he came.

    That’s my nightshift over, bedtime.

    Have a pleasant day lads.

    Oh and just a quick response to Thump’s comments to my post during yesterday’s blog love in for Routledge – I googled it and in 2secs had the Blog page for Aug 4 2011 when Ed “broke” news of transfer and there are 341 comments and guess what not one bemoaning the transfer. Yes some wishing him well but overall there was an underwhelming response to news. Interesting comment at 13 on that thread :-). Not trying to start a war but some fans obsessive hate of Pardew tends to obscure reality at times (not aimed at you Thump)

  • expatmag

    Oct 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Man of the match had to be Krul.

    If he hadnt made those 2 saves from Bony at crucial times, it would gave been a cricket score


    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Magstar @2 :

    Thats a breath of Fresh Air, two people who have more or less exactly the same opinion of where the Club is as i do !

    Ashley has taken the Club and ripped its Heart out and as long as he is the Owner, Mid-table is the only place we wil be in the League?

    I think we will be hovering around the bottom place for most of this season, with a burst at the end which will maintain our Prem status!

    I do not hate Pardew but i do think another would do better.
    I also think that there are very few Trainers who could do any better than Pardew with Ashley pulling the strings as the owner?

    Some on here, are so obsessed on wanting to get Pardew out that common sense appears to have thrown out of the window ? Most Managers would have problems training us with Fat Ash as the owner !


    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Gabby has his critics on here!

    Just like to say that i am not one of them !

  • GarageFlower

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    If you get your place in the team and play well you deserve to keep it,no matter how your performances have been in the past.I hope he plays out of his skin and makes it so that others have to get the shirt off him.Well done Gabriel and the same applies to Sammy aswell.


    Oct 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    I think he justified his selection but he is by no means the answer. IMO he’s one of the least effective players I’ve ever seen, fast but clueless. In spite of that he deserves to be picked ahead of Cabella. He didn’t play well yesterday though, for me Tiote or Krul were MOM. And only Cisse and a late cameo from Sammy were the only other good performances. Pretty much everyone else was poor. Our performance was terrible and undeserved of the lucky point which buys him another game. Our defense got run ragged by Bony, how much space did we give him, pathetic.

  • thepict

    Oct 5, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Overran has performed well when he has b en given the opportunity this season. Unfortunately, his face doesn’t fit with the Politbureau on here. Same thing with Jonas, however the minute it’s announced he has a tumour all the hypocrisy starts. Vomit inducing it is.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Obertan is crap its just the rest are now Pardewed and down to the same level, and the commentator yesterday was getting on my t*ts the way he pronounced his name. the trouble is Obertan was Pardewed before we signed him.


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