Forgotten Man To Turn Things Around And Resurrect Career


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.

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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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25 comments so far

  • swemag

    Oct 23, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #1

    On Perez, not suer what Pardew means with not ready, every time he gets on there is purpose to what he does. He can keep the ball and run with it.

    Give the guy at least 45 minutes. Or play him full game in a 4-4-2 alongside Cisse.

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  • jimmysmith

    Oct 23, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t see us buying anyone at all in January.

    Lascelle will be with us next season and De Jong will be fit before the window. We may replace Ferreyra, but Newcastle being what they are, would prefer to ride out his season long loan first.

    Players like Obertan, Perez, Dummett, Ryan Taylor, Stephen Taylor, Sammi, all capable of coming in also and holding up an end, make it even more unlikely.

    As usual it will likely be sell first, before anyone comes through the door and the off season would appear the best time for that to happen, with perhaps a centre back or two moving on, a winger and a striker.

    I think they see this as a full roster, not as good as they’d hoped, but still prepared to go with it, which after this start, looks like finishing around 14th, which would be another wasted season under Ashley.

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  • Reyantoon

    Oct 23, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Liverpool also get smashed last night by classy RM,
    not only that,they also taught a lesson, wuhahahaha
    I wonder what’ll happen to them after Gerard retires,
    so as arsenal without Wenger,looks like the future will be ours, lol..!
    one player at Roma impressed me though on Tues’y
    Miralem Pijanic, cracking MF,just like cabaye..

    spurs’s whl is my favorite ground to play.The pitch is so big that it gives players more space to dribble and pass.we are in good mood after Leicester. Last season,not only we get a good result b/c of krul,but also we were well organized and had perfect game plan.Only cabaye will be missed going to the game,otherwise, almost all players are available that won in this ground last season.so nothing will hold us back from repeating that,will be great game..

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 23, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Hope so will be staying up till 3am Monday morning to watch it.
    No delayed starts I pray. 🙂

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  • Pottz

    Oct 23, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Jimmy smith

    We’re more likely to finish up with 14 points rather Than 14th place!!

    Have you seen our record under Pardew over the last year?

    We are going down with this squad and management In place.

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  • Reyantoon

    Oct 23, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #6

    The possible Jan signing/s will depend on where our league position will be at Christmas.If we are where we are right now by then,I definitely expect
    new arrivals,hopefully big players.They also have to do something with Ferreyra, either re-loan him or …
    we signed him without scouting him ,I think..
    interesting meeting last Monday though, at least we get reseasonable explanation..

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  • Reyantoon

    Oct 23, 2014 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #7

    canny…start your prayers now to get good results
    from now on…lol !

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 23, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed

    you have a thing for Oberan, you not ram him down our throats at every and any opportunity

    the kid is pure shyt , not good enough for any team in the premiership just like Williamson

    these type of trype player will get us relegated and the likes of you will clap us all the way there

    yippee

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 23, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Reyantoon,

    If my prayers were being heard I’d have won enough money to buy out MA by now or found a way to persuade Fergie to come out of retirement and help us out.

    Will keep trying!!

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 23, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Catchy

    The reality is anyone good enough to drag us out of this mess won’t want to come and play for us.
    We have to try and get the best from what we’ve got and get behind them if they are seen to be putting in the effort, which he clearly is.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 23, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s still October and we already talking about January transfers. LOL

    On Obertan, he has proved everyone wrong including me. We have 2 examples HBA and Obertan, the other one decided not to fight for his place and acting like the best in the world while Obertan decided to fight for his place. Obertan situation was much more difficult than HBA, nobody shouting his name, nobody cares about him, he was almost became another Xisco. While HBA still gets more opportunity to play and didn’t take his chances.
    Well done, Obertan.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 23, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Hopefully Obertan as example can influence others in the team especially youngsters.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 23, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Santon

    I miss so much of the Craic being stuck out here in the colonies.
    What was, IYO, the real story that went down with HBA?

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 23, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #14

    Or anyone have an opinion, Ha, that’s almost comical considering the crew I’m talking to.
    Careful Welsh I’ll be grabbing that comedy spot of yours

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  • la.jim

    Oct 23, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Santon03,
    I second that,this guy is a not only a good example but a Great example on how to conduct yourself as a man.When he was down and everyone was against him you didn’t see him cry ,unlike his other French team mate and we all know who he is .So yeah,i hope he continues to good he’s really worked for it.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 23, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Reyantoon,
    Last season the only ground with a smaller pitch than Spurs was West Ham. Not sure on the new clubs, but at best they will have moved up 3 places!

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  • Santon03

    Oct 23, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Canny

    If you watched all the games HBA played compare to Obertan, then you’ll understand and search articles about HBA.

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  • Santon03

    Oct 23, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #18

    la.jim

    yup, hope he inspires others in the team. Who would have guess this is coming from Obertan? He could be the one who get us out of this mess.
    Actually another inspiring story is Raylor, but he hasn’t played for 1st team yet. If he played and scored then it would be 2 inspiring stories.

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  • mindshaft

    Oct 23, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Of course Perez isn’t ready, he needs to bulk up , lose any creativity he may have and start hoofing it.
    We’ll not be having any useless lightweights such as Silva, llalana, couthino, oscar etc in our squad

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  • mindshaft

    Oct 23, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #20

    @swemag – agreed, maybe its pard’s who’s not quite ready for the premiership, let’s send pard’s out in loan to learn his craft

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 23, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m sorry I can’t keep quiet any longer.

    What’s the infatuation with alien heed?

    Alien heed is shite.

    Providing 1 assist and scoring 1 goal doesn’t and shouldn’t cover up the fact he’s shite. Glad for the lad and all that but apart from the goal on Saturday he was dogshit. Constantly lost the ball or took off whilst leaving the ball behind, an alien heed trait we’ve seen for years.

    He’s not the saviour, he’s not a good footballer and he definitely is not a player this club can rely on to pull us out of the shit on a consistent basis (just what the king likes). Cue getting dropped if he doesn’t score or assist.

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 23, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Did anyone see koeman urging saints forward at 5-0 up lol. What a legend.

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  • stan anderson

    Oct 23, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #23

    How fickle we are 1 goal against a poor team and he is our saviour now.
    Not long ago i feared for his life after some of the abuse on here that the man recieved.
    We get what we deserve P—ed on from a great height.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 23, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Average_Contents
    1.And Ruud Van wasn’t pretty boy too.
    2.We will see maestro Koeman till the end of the season.Season is long.Don’t forget.Even Pardew was dangerous last season’s first half.Southampton success against North East clubs is more North East weaknesses than Southampton strength.Southampton are average club.See next game.

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  • James RS

    Oct 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Obertan was the only ever present in that unbeaten Newcastle run of 13 games or whatever it was…always thought that he would eventually come good even if it wasn’t with us. Another one in the same mould as Obertan is Haris Vuckic he must be given a chance sooner or later surely…very underrated ..when he came on for the first team a couple of years ago even my Mrs said crikey he’s good who’s that? 🙂 Could be another useful asset for Newcastle if like Obertan he gets a run of games.

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