There were people at the match last night almost literally bursting blood vessels as they screamed at Obertan, even when another player had knocked a ball twenty yards past him…or when the lass at the bar spilt their pints!
From what I can see, Perch is a tryer who isn’t good enough for the Premier League, Obertan is a player with a level of ability and a lot of pace but seemingly little confidence.
In an ideal world it would be good if neither were in the team at the minute but life is far from ideal most of the time at St.James’ Park.
Maybe some of you blame Pardew but with the team set-up last night I could understand regularly bypassing the midfield in Cabaye’s absence. It shows how much we miss the Frenchman because he is our playmaker, Vuckic showed some flashes of very good play but clearly wasn’t capable of replicating Cabaye’s constant pass and move which links the team play.
If anybody is to blame then it would be Mike Ashley, two or three extra players were definitely needed in the summer and Alan Pardew wasn’t given them to support a very fragile squad.
We have what we have until replacements come in, whenever that may be, if at all.
Hatem Ben Arfa’s cameo has put a marker down and surely we have to go with his quirks rather than the honest but normally fruitless endeavour of Best.