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.
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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