He’s Newcastle’s Surprise Player Of Pre-Season


Gabby Obertan signed for us four years ago from Manchester United and last summer it looked like he would leave the club – but he didn’t because he was one of the stars in pre-season and he had good season up to when he was injured against Liverpool on November 1st, and was out for some months.

And the same is happening this season, and Gabby has been on form and let’s face it – he brilliantly set up Newcastle’s second goal  – when he hit a perfect right wing cross on the run and Gini Wijnaldum headed home in magnificent style for his first ever goal for Newcastle.

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Gabby Obertan in action on Sunday
This was  taken just before he crossed for Wijnaldum to head home


In Steve McClaren’s press conference,  the Newcastle head coach was very matter of fact but positive too, and he was asked about Gabby – and was told he has had an up and down relationship with Newcastle fans over the last four years.

Here’s how Steve answered that question:

“I don’t think it was a big call. “He had done well in pre-season and it was more tactical. We played Gabby in a wide position and he was effective there.”

“He nullified the Southampton right-back Soares, getting forward, so he did a job last week, not just defensively but in attacking, too. He created the second goal and that’s what he is capable of.”

“When I see him in training and the games in pre-season at times, he is a terrific talent – so quick and so strong, and a Premier League player.”

“So it wasn’t a big call,  it was something we had to do.”

There’s nothing we would like better than if Gabriel Obertan keeps fit and keeps his place in the Newcastle side, because if that happens he will have earned it.

There’s no doubt the 26 year-old has talent and that’s why Sir Alex Ferguson signed him for the Red Devils in 2009 from Bordeaux.

The challenge for Gabby and for Steve McClaren as his coach is for Obertan to become more consistent – and certainly it’s like a year ago all over again, with Gabby being Newcastle’s surprise player.

As we’ve said before, we’d love the Frenchman to have a great season – we are not invested  in any Newcastle player not doing well.

And the crowd were very good to Obertan on Sunday, and gave him applause when he made some good plays – they are always very fair the Geordie fans.

We want Newcastle to be successful, and we hope all our players do well this season – and then the team will do well.

That’s true for Gabriel Obertan, who’s currently a Newcastle starter – on merit.

Howay The Lads!!

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72 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t think he’s a surprise so far as he’s always been capable of having two or three decent games, what would be a surprise is if he was able to perform for an entire season

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #2

    JB
    From the previous thread

    Big name and was available plus is quite a short term manager but really I dont see how Moyes was any worse over all. As for winning the league oh no I am team Jose all the way

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #3

    As for this Obertan is starting again then

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #4

    spaghetti,

    ive made plans to come over for 19 march, gotta go to the derby….

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  • toonicle

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #5

    JB- Exactly. He’s got the pace and strength to be exactly what we need on the right, just needs to finally bring some consistency to his game. That RW spot is his for the taking if he can string a couple good games together.

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  • davis_toons

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #6

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlkg2YqUKFc
    Great Video..nice analysis.
    (repost)

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Dok you going to Ireland for St Paddy’s ?
    Dublin is mad

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  • JackButler

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #8

    WWSBRD

    I no fan of Jose mate, he’s the media’s sweetheart and gets away with murder with some of his outlandish comments, comments that any other manager would be slaughtered for, plus the way his players conduct themselves on the pitch is simply wrong.

    I hope Wenger wins the league, always loved how his sides play the game and the way he’s determind to use the youth set up before transfer market is very, very rare these days

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #9

    I always knew or thought my team was a top 8 team and cld punch above its weight with the top 5 but last season gave me the shock of my life.

    Now I watch all games so scared thinking that we r going to lose. I feel like am supporting a bottom 3 team. Cant b able to win a game. F@ck u Pardew and Carver for ruining my club.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #10

    toonicle

    Sissoko has the right side locked down imo, Obertan is fighting it out with Aarons for a place in the team

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  • toon kk

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #11

    People call Obertan, we know he’s not the most technically gifted player but he has something we need and that’s pace.

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  • spaghetti bandit

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Dok
    The voodoo will hopefully stop at 5 with us beating them in October then again in March,, what a game,, you will be blown away,, I’ve only ever been to 2 derby’s,, the 3-2 at home with emres free kick and th unbelievable 5-1 on Halloween on a Sunday,, best games I’ve ever been,, th 5-1 though something else,, work was a killer on th Monday,, West Ham away Xmas 2005 owens hattrick probably my third..

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  • Ashton

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #13

    You are all idiots.

    Obertan must start on the RW on Saturday. He would be imperative for us tactically ie stopping Swansea’s best and most dangerous player; Montero.

    Obertan is very decent for these sort of situations and we used him against Bale with good success as well few years ago. His primary job against Swansea must be; mitigating Montero.

    Most of you are very ignorant when it comes to tactics. Obertan is a great weapon for us. He is a crucial outlet and was one of our best players last week.

    But like I said already, you are all really really stupid.

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  • Sir Eric

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Surprise player of the season?

    Howay man we’ve only gone and played one match!

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #15

    My neighbours lurcher has pace but like Obertan has no idea what footy is.

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  • colwell

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Obertan is pretty quick he’s not what you would call rapid though. The RB that Saints brought on last week caught him up enough times. Aarons is the better option same speed (maybe quicker) but has a much better delivery and scores more he can do the same job better???

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  • juan

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #17

    cracking headline “NEWCASTLES PLAYER OF THE SEASON” i must have watched a different game on sunday .. the only thing he done was cross the ball for the goal.. the rest of the game he was his usual self…

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Man City Chelski and Arsenal have a team that has played together for two years or more.

    Liverpool and Manure are jst building one. Spurs good players no consistence.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #19

    wdft
    I will say it again without caring who I upset, what level of stupidity do you possess to think that it was Alan Pardew and his assistant that were responsible for the mess our club has been in for the last eight years !

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Ashton
    really really
    or
    really really really

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #21

    JB
    Oh no I adore Jose, best manager in the world for me. Not sure what u mean by how his lads conduct themselves on the pitch though? As for the media though I think he has them wrapped around his little finger and he knows exactly how everything will play out with them

    In a fair world Wenger would win the league but its not a fair world and I dont think Arsenal will win the league under Wenger again…I think he holds the club back because of how much power he has there and he doesnt want to evolve with football. Fantastic manager no doubt but football is moving on and he isnt

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  • spaghetti bandit

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #22

    I was also at the 5-0 v man utd but was jus abit to young too remember it properly,, pretty gutted bowt tht unless tht would have too be top 3

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Ashton
    How to make friends and influence people eh

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  • Llort muw

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Don’t worry WWSBRD, I’m no troll. The name was a joke because I’m not creative. Why’d you think it has taken me so long to start posting? I didn’t know what to put. Lol. 🙂

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail

    We had the players that cld make us at least a top 10 side that plays with Enthusiasm. That is Pardew’s job not Ashely’s.

    I cant compete the players we had to those of Swansea or Stoke. On paper our players were better and had either come as prospects or cup winners.

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  • AndyMac

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #26

    “what would be a surprise is if he was able to perform for an entire season”

    or maybe two games on the trot ?

    7 assists and 3 goals in four years isnt PL standard

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Llort
    Didnt know what to put? Howay that’s easy there’s only 2 things u can put on here 1. Ashley in! or 2. Ashley out!

    The 3rd Ashley shake it all about is so rare I no longer consider it an option

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #28

    This article is nothing more than shameless clickbait!!!

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  • switch365

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Obertan is great … when he doesn’t think!

    When he tries to think about things, he loses the ball or leaves it behind and inevitably ends up lunging in to get it back.
    He has extremely good pace, in an ideal world he’ll work on nothing but running with the ball at top speed and crossing, in training.

    With Gini and Mitro footage showing them eating up crosses all day long, getting Squidward to bang in crosses a dozen times per game is just the ticket.

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  • Llort muw

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #30

    AndyMac

    Not a truer word was said that day.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Ashton
    LMAO. Love your style.

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  • Llort muw

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #32

    WWSBRD

    Lol, would I get slated if I said which group I belong in? :/

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Hibbit
    See Makro’s comments above. Not quite quantum physics but it’s an explanation of sorts.

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Was at game last week and Obertan did canny, worked hard and once tiote sissoko and de Jong decided running was beyond them in the last twenty minutes he was our only hope with Haidara of getting the ball up the pitch. Some proper divs who hate players who give a lot on here.

    Tiote and McLaren for putting him on the pitch are to blame for us folding last week.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Llort
    Probably but thats half the fun, so come on out of the closet u come!

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #36

    McLaren talks nearly as much guff as Pardew. In what way did he nullify their right back? Apart from the cross he was woeful both going forward and defending. Aarons would have torn up that left hand side. How he can prefer obertans experience over Aarons undeniable quality is a mystery.
    He’ll do the same to Aarons as he did to Will Hughes, turned him from a £10m player into a championship chugger

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #37

    After Wallys words of praise there seems to be quite a few jumping on the “Obertans a good player bandwagon”.
    Don’t see it myself – does Wally really mean it?
    Stil vivid in my mind was when there was that carry on about Sterling moving from Liverpool. The news channels used a clip of him scoring against us to illustrate their stories. Included was Obertron jogging back and half heartedly poking a foot in – quiet embarassing really – and then Sterling scored immediately afterwards.
    I doubt he does anything like the defensive job that is suggested. Poor poor player whose days must be numbered.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #38

    spaghetti,

    plan on a pint with me and the wife then 🙂

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  • Llort muw

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #39

    WWSBRD

    Ok, I’m in the Ashley out group. Not done enough in 8 years for 1 good transfer window to discredit that.

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 14, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Spanish super cup 66 mins played

    Althetic Bilbao 4 Barca 0

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