Alan Pardew talked fondly on Thursday about Gabby Obertan, whose career looked over at Newcastle at the end of last season, but the 25 year-old has stuck in during training and kept his head down, and the former French U21 International (11 caps) has managed to get himself a starting place in the side, after playing very well for Newcastle on the right wing this season – so far.
Gabby Obertan in action at Swansea
And on Thursday in his press conference, Alan Pardew revealed he was a confidence player, meaning that when his confidence is high he plays very well, but when he lacks it – he can often look hopeless.
So we are hoping today the Newcastle fans will give Gabby every support, because at the moment this lad can set up the chances for players like Papiss Cisse.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Gabby:
“Gabby’s a player that on the training ground you would pick every day,” “It’s about transferring that to a match day, and when he does – like he has done recently – then he is a real force.”
“We need to keep that self-belief in him.” “He’s getting older now – he is getting to that point where he has to deliver week in and week out.”
“So for Gabby, it is a big period for him.” “Obertan has had some games, at home in particular, where it’s not gone well for him,”
“But when it does go well for him, he can make us look a different side. We’re hoping he’s reached an age when he can deliver.”
“I don’t think anyone would question his ability – sometimes he can be absolutely breathtaking – but he needs to reproduce it on match days.”
There’s no doubt that Obertan has all the skills, and it would not surprise us if he again plays very well today, and certainly he set up Papiss Cisse’s first goal at Swansea in brilliant style, and he can really motor down that right wing, and when he’s in form can beat his man.
We need as many Newcastle players as possible today on form and ready for the fight at St. James’ Park, and if that happens we could even get a win.
And just a reminder – that’s when we score more goals than the opposition.
Howay The Lads!!
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