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Pardew ‘Obertan Can Win Back The Crowd’

8 years ago

Alan Pardew has claimed that he cannot win when it comes to team selection in the Cups but says that Rolando Aarons and Gabriel Obertan were the big success stories at Gillingham.

The Newcastle manager now states that Aarons could be in line to start against Palace on Saturday if he shakes off a knock, something which will baffle many fans after Pardew totally left out the promising young winger from his 18 players against Aston Villa.

However, as usual Gabriel Obertan has crept back into the picture as he does each season due to Newcastle’s small squad, rather than any great progress on the pitch.

Alan Pardew has now claimed that Obertan can win back the crowd, this despite last month the manager himself not even taking Obertan to New Zealand on the pre-season tour, even preferring the likes of Haris Vuckic.

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As for last night, Obertan was his usual self and did no more than ok against lower league opponents, god help us if we are relying on him this Saturday.

Alan Pardew;

“I am damned if I do and damned if I don’t, the most important thing for a manager in a cup is to win – which I have done.

“It’s a shame (Rolando) Aarons got a knock as I thought he caused the most problems, he has played his way into around the first team.

“I think that he typifies what Newcastle fans want to see, taking people on and making things happen.

“There is a chance that he could appear on Saturday (v Palace).

“Obertan has had a good pre-season and if he can keep his confidence levels where they are now, then he can win back the crowd.

“Sometimes our crowd is difficult for him – he had the freedom tonight and he showed his qualities.”


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