Newcastle United’s Gabriel Obertan was expected to leave the club in the summer, and like Ben Arfa, he was left behind when the squad traveled to New Zealand for their summer tour, and was told to find another club.
Gabby Obertan after scoring the winner last Saturday
And maybe it was only because his wages were high that no French club picked him up in the summer, but he has worked hard in training and kept his head down.
Obertan showed some good form in the final games of pre-season, and right now he is a starter at Newcastle and one of our in-form players – as he showed on Saturday.
Gabby made the first goal for Papiss Cisse at Swansea in the 2-2 draw, and last Saturday he scored the winner against Leicester in the 1-0 win, so he is having an impact at the club, and all credit to him for doing that against all the odds.
This is what Gabby has said in the Mail today:
“It was difficult, you don’t know how to handle the situation,’ ‘You get impatient and frustrated but you can’t always blame someone else. You have to look at yourself and work through these difficulties.”
“It will pay off.” ‘These lows build your character. It gets to you and you feel left out, but then you think about the situation… it could be worse.”
“”I’m still at a great club, working hard and trying to make a name for myself. I am turning things around. I hope it is a resurrection of my career here.”
“When you spend three or four months without playing then you start doubting.” “You sometimes let yourself go a little bit.” “This time was different,”
“I just kept going. If people think that you’re done, that’s their problem. As long as you remember what you have done in the past and believe in yourself, then it will go your way at some point.”
“That’s what it’s about.” “It’s easy to work when people see you, it’s another thing to work when they don’t. You have to wake up and still do it. No coaches are there to pat you on the back.”
It will be some story if Gabby can indeed get some consistency to his play this season, because we’ve all seen the skills this man has on the pitch, and in the past he’s also lacked a little bit of confidence.
But the Geordie fans are now more appreciative of what Gabby can do, and have to be impressed with the character he has shown, to be able to come back like he has this season, and potentially start turning his career around, after all looked lost.
We are certainly impressed with the 25 year-old Frenchman, because you see the character of a person when things are not going well – not when things are great.
We hope Gabby can build himself a long term career on Tyneside.
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