During his press conference today, Alan Pardew was surprisingly upbeat and relaxed, even though he admitted he is under tremendous pressure to win on Saturday against Leicester City, and he said he managed to get a couple of days away with his family during the International break for a little relaxation.
Gabby Obertan – has played well for us this season
And during Alan’s press conference today, one reporter brought up the good form of Gabby Obertan a couple of times, and Alan said Gabby is a confidence player, and if his confidence is high and he keeps believing in himself, he can be an excellent player for Newcastle.
These are the comments he mad about Obertan:
¨Well Gabby Obertan has had a career which has been stop start a little bit, and he came here after Manchester United looking to really push on.”
¨And he had a great spell for us and he played in the period when we had that ten game unbeaten start, two or three years ago, when we finished 5th – and he was prominent for us in that season.¨
¨And then he had injuries and lost his way a little bit, and I think he’s a player who plays on confidence, and I’m trying to get him in a place where his confidence is high.¨
¨And if our stadium can help him on Saturday, it’s going to help the team, and he will play on Saturday. I think he’s been terrific and he needs to keep his confidence and keep believing in himself, and if he does that, then he will be a real threat against any opposition.¨
¨Gabby’s had some games at home in particular, where it’s not gone well for him at Newcastle, but when it does go well for him, he can make us look a different side, and we are hoping he now reaches an age where he has more maturity and confidence in his own ability.¨
¨Nobody in our squad questions his ability, because sometimes he can be breathtaking here, but he needs to produce that on a Saturday or a Wednesday when we play.¨
Gabby has played well for us this season, and he’s certainly surprised us with his good form, and in our last game he brilliantly set up Papiss Cisse for the first goal at Swansea, which came out of nothing – and that’s what we need to see from Gabby on Saturday afternoon.
When he’s on form he can be a very good player for us – and we need to have him show his very best form on Saturday.
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