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Ashley’s News Service A Month Late With Newcastle Exclusive

7 years ago

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct News operation lives a strange existence where Newcastle United are concerned.

They first came to most people’s attention when they ran a ‘Rooney to Newcastle United’ story which they later apologised for but which many media analysts took as a cynical move by SD News to see what traffic they could get by running such a story/headline.

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In recent days we have had a Cabaye transfer story which looked a blatant piece on behalf of Ashley to put Yohan Cabaye in the shop window.

Now today there is a claimed ‘Exclusive’ which says this;

‘Obertan, who joined Toon from Manchester United two years ago in a £3m deal, says he will consider moving when the transfer window opens if he does not get more first team football at Newcastle.

That doesn’t look likely at the moment and big spending Forest are ready to pounce.’

What exactly the true meaning of ‘Exclusive’ is, is all a bit dubious in today’s media.

This story though is pretty poor, considering this is what we published a month ago on 12 October and many others did similar reports on;

I’ve often thought over the years that sometimes our players need protecting from themselves when dealing with the press.

Some players get over exposed in the press because others don’t want to do it, while some players who have done next to nothing to suggest they deserve a game should be very limited in terms of how often they talk to the press and what they say when they do.

Step forward Gabriel Obertan speaking to the Shields Gazette;

“I will see what is going on until December and see what is best for the club and me. I obviously can’t keep being on the bench and not involved

It is a test mentally and you must keep focusing on an opportunity because you never know when it will come, I will be ready for it.

If I get a chance I will do what I did against Leeds, if the occasion shows up I will be there.”

Anybody who was at the Leeds match will know that the visitors looked absolutely knackered by the time Obertan came on and yes he found space behind their defence but made a feeble effort when through one on one with the keeper and it being easier to score, while he also passed up another opportunity.

I very much  doubt one person in St.James’ Park thought ‘Surely it’s worth Alan Pardew giving him a chance at the weekend…’

Even with Newcastle’s small squad he is miles away from the first team and in December surely he has to accept that his only route is to go out on loan if he still believes he has the potential to offer anything to Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest were allegedly interesting this summer and he should have grabbed the chance with both hands.


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