Gabriel Obertan has given a good interview with nufcTV today, and his English is quite good and of course he’s good pals with Massadio Haidara so that seems to help them on the filed down the left hand side.
Gabby tells the truth and says he’s not a natural left-sided player (we knew that) – so he’s still working on that.
Gabriel Obertan – helping out at the back yesterday
If you have a subscription to nufcTV it’s a very good interview because you get a good sense of Gabby and he seems very down to earth.
The Frenchman has done a lot of fitness work over the summer, so when he came back for pre-season he was ahead of the other players as far as his fitness – he comes across as a very good professional.
He was asked if he was surprised the way the team came back after going down 1-0 yesterday:
“It’s not surprising to us – last year we had trouble coming back into games, conceding goals and we like let ourselves down sometimes, but I think this year is totally different.”
“The way the staff have got us working and the spirit we’ve got is totally different so I think we saw that today and something we can be proud of.”
“At the beginning Steve had individual meetings and I know what he expects from me, and he said everybody is going to get a fresh start that’s what is expected from a new staff coming with fresh eyes and new vision.
“I’m glad it’s been a really good start for me and I’m really ready for this season.”
That’s a reference principally to John Carver’s tenure as head coach, and looking back it’s clearer than ever that John was just way over his head as the interim head coach.
Newcastle were lucky that he didn’t take us down, but it was also Lee Charnley’s job to replace him – and he failed to do that and it was almost a complete disaster for the club – a very poor appointment by the Managing Director.
But we are past that now – and onto what could well be a good new era at Newcastle United.
This is what Gabby said about the goal he made for Wijnaldum:
“I just went for it when Papiss gave me the ball, he knows I’m pretty quick so that’s what I expect from my teammates to play on my qualities and put the ball far away from me.
“I won the race from my defender and then I just tried to put it in as best as I could into the box and Gini was in the right spot at the right time.”
This was a really good interview from the winger and you may change your mind about his personality if you can get a look at it.
What’s obvious is that he feels very comfortable with Steve McClaren in charge and he knows exactly what the head coach expects from him.
That’s got to be good.