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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