We Almost Sold Him – Now He’s Confident And Unplayable


There has been an awful lot of attention given to Gabby Obertan this season, because the 25 year-old is one of the few players who have been playing at or near their best for Newcastle this season.

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Gabby Obertan – running at full tilt
Love the pink boots


Gabby has set up chances for players this season, and he scored a great goal to get us all 3 points last Saturday for the first time in the league this season.

So it’s not all that surprising the Frenchman is getting the attention – and the attitude he has shown  coming back this season when it really looked like his career at Newcastle was over – tells us he deserves every bit of the attention he’s getting.

This is what Alan Pardew has again said about his in-form French right winger:

“Let’s just say that events last year – when we weren’t winning and he wasn’t in the frame – were such that we might have listened to offers for him.”

“When he came back pre-season, and I had assembled a new squad, I knew he could be a part of it, and I told him that.” “From the moment we set foot in pre-season,”

“I’ve been trying to build his confidence.” “This is a player, when we finished fifth in 2012, who played a big part in that season. He has not been the same since that year, because he has had injuries and in and outs.”

“He’s a confidence player. When he has confidence, this guy can be unplayable at times.” “He has created the moments for us in these last few games.”

Gabby’s place in the side is not guaranteed, and he is currently playing in the position we expected Remy Cabella to be playing in for Newcastle.

But Cabella has had a rough time of it in the Newcastle jersey, but we do expect the 24 year-old to come through and start playing more for the first team in the games ahead,

That will set up some good competition in the side – at least on the wings, with Sammy Ameobi and Rolando Aarons, when  he’s fit again, also pushing for places.

What we need from Obertan is a level of consistency we haven’t seen from him on Tyneside in the past, and if he can do that,  he could become the surprise player for Newcastle this season.

That would be something.

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14 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Oct 21, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, all this surging forward, trying to create goals is all well and good, but whats he like as a potential DM or even RB – we know P45DUE likes a bit of versatility in his players, especially their defensive capabilities!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 21, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Graeme…A good stint as a RB will do the lads confidence the world of good.

    Have faith mate.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 21, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Ibiza – in our current predicament, I guess the big question has to be “Whats he like playing alongside Collo or Williamson” – thats where we need an injection of pace and some ball control!!

    Undoubtedly, Obertan has Ball Control and a bit of pace – he could be a dream replacement for us!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Graeme…Now you’re thinking mate 🙂

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  • martoon

    Oct 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    All this praise & hype – you just know he will have a mare against Spurs 😉

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  • Sav

    Oct 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    One decent game and a deflected goal and Obertan’s a superstar? I hope he doesn’t read this or his confidence will leak like an old balloon. There’s been far too many crap performances and the reason he wasn’t sold is because nobody fancied even taking a punt on him. Sorry, lad but there it is. Read and weep.

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  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardew – ‘…when I had assembled a new squad….’?

    When I assembled a new squad?

    Hang on, does his statement confirm that he has been party to all comings and goings of late?

    Pardew’s shot himself in the foot again – what a clown, he just can’t keep his trap shut!

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  • custurd

    Oct 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    “when we finished fifth in 2012, he played a big part in that season”…

    He scored one single goal, and got canned halfway through the season for being absolute sh*te!

    There is NO WAY that Obertan is better than Ben Afra, Marveax, Cabella, or even Dan Gosling! Yet he’s still here. Just what is it about him that Pardew loves so much? His haircut? Or perhaps his “the hills have eyes” mutant good looks?

    A goal a season does not a good player make. Obertan reminds me of “Billy the limpet” (Danny Dyer’s character in Mean Machine). He’s a one goal wonder too.

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  • custurd

    Oct 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Obertan… “will set up some good competition in the side (snip)… with Sammy Ameobi and Rolando Aarons”

    I just pee’d myself. I don’t normally. It’s just, you know, a bit sad that it’s come to this.

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  • ronjohno

    Oct 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Obertan is the ONLY player that Pardew had any say in signing so he has always tried to justify that fact.
    Just when I think I have finally despaired of Pardew he comes out with yet another load of crap.
    I was asked recently to YOUTUBE Obertan and what you see there is brilliant but he has never shown any glimpse of the talent at Man U or here.
    I suppose a player does not really “lose” it but so far Obertan has.

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  • Kamikaze Koala

    Oct 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Messi and Ronaldo are the two players that are unplayable bar none, that fact this animal puts obertan in that category is embarrassing.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m guessing this means we’ll be seeing Obertan played all season in place of Aarons as Pardew only likes to play one flair player at most. Obertan has took 60 games an 25 years to finally have a 7/10 performance whereas Aarons has played better than that in all his appearances so far but he’ll be overlooked and will waste his talent in reserves while Obertan will go back to being hit and miss at best. If Pardew praised other players half as much as Squidward then maybe they’d be playing to their potential too.

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  • NYMAG

    Oct 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Unplayable?!?!?!? One good goal and two decent runs in a game and suddenly he’s got potential to win the ballon d’or…Aside from those couple of moments he was terrible against Leicester, he completely bottles all the big moments in games. He honestly looks scared if the ball at times. With Cabella yet to show us why we signed him, Aaron’s still out and Goofy looking less than average he’ll probably get a run of games but watch him choke at Spurs….

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  • chuck

    Oct 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #14

    The bullshit never stops stop’s from Pardew.
    One fair game where he scored (Obertan) and he’s unplayable.
    Look I have watched this guy and yes he has pace and technique and even tracks back, but even so, has seldom produced a decent game.
    Why ?
    He was given time at M.U., who finally gave up on him.
    And so far has shown little improvement, seems to be about decision making, not as Pardew states confidence.
    But I assume being one of Pardews few buys, Pard’s has to somehow justify it, while decent players like HBA, Marveaux and Yanga M’biwa, are all out on loan, but for strictly personal reasons, with YB & Marveaux playing out of their skin.
    This is obviously why we are lingering in a relegation spot, because this man has no idea tactically, plays an outdated style of football and prefers defensive grinders
    to flair players.
    In which we could have avoided the recent turmoil at the club by just keeping BSA, who at least has some clue as how to play the percentages game.
    Whereas Pardew’s attempts at experimenting with versions of the modern game, have resulted in chaos and usually ended in reverting to hoofball.
    Bout time he gave young Bigirimana a shot, looked like the next Tiote defensively, who can usually pick out the
    open man and occasionally take on defenders.
    Guess we will just have to wait until he’s fired, which cant come quick enough.

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