A Newcastle United Fan Tells Ex-Manchester United Man Gabriel Obertan To Pull His Finger Out
In one minute on Wednesday night Shane Ferguson did what we’ve been crying out for Gabriel Obertan to do for the last twelve months. Run with the ball, beat a man and put the ball in a dangerous area. The battling Northern Irishman put it on a silver platter for Papiss Cisse to grab himself a much-needed goal, but will that be the only silverware Newcastle will see this season?
I wonder what Sir Alex Ferguson made of Obertan’s performance, having signed the Frenchman in 2009 for £3 million but allowed him to move two years later for £2 million. Manchester United rarely let good players go and maybe we’re coming to terms with the reasons why Obertan was shown the door at Old Trafford.
I take no pleasure from being negative but Obertan is starting to frustrate. It was yet another none performance for him on Wednesday when he should really be using games like this to stake a place for himself in the starting XI if he has any ambition. Watching him, it genuinely looks like he doesn’t have any. On paper he has all the natural ability to be a top Premier League player: power, pace, strength, skill – why can’t he put it to use terrifying defences?
Obertan needs to weigh in with more of a contribution or risk his career passing him by
Against an extremely inexperienced Man United back four he never looked like haunting his old club who I felt were there for the taking had we been able to get the ball up to Shola. Obertan can expect to play a lot more games this season but needs to weigh in with more of a contribution or risk his career passing him by.
Our squad was always going to be stretched this season thanks to the glut of Europa League games and lack of summer transfer activity at St James Park, so the performances of Elliot, Tavernier and Ferguson were pleasing and Papiss Cisse might have taken us to extra time with a spectacular overhead kick near the end.
Even though we crashed out of the cup, champagne corks were being popped on Tyneside the following day. Alan Pardew and his backroom staff have signed contacts until 2020 which the board hope will bring more stability to the club, something we’ve been lacking almost as much as silverware, and the likely reason why the latter has not be so forthcoming. Ashley is not shy when it comes to handing out contracts; he recently tied Graham Carr down with an eight-year deal and now Pardew has one to match. Where a 30 year-old Gabrial Obertan will be playing his football in 2019/20 season remains to be seen, I would love him to still be at Newcastle having proved me wrong.
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