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Alan Pardew ‘Gabriel Obertan can be absolutely breathtaking’

8 years ago

Alan Pardew has confirmed that Gabriel Obertan will definitely keep his place when Leicester visit on Saturday.

The winger got an assist for Papiss Cisse’s first goal at Swansea and the Newcastle manager says that the Frenchman is a ‘confidence player’ who needs to ‘keep believing in himself’.

Pardew also says that none of the players or coaching staff would argue that Obertan isn’t a quality player, with the United boss claiming that at times the winger can be ‘absolutely breathtaking’.

Looked to push on after Man Utd;

“Gabby has had a career where it has been stop-start a little bit.

“He came here from Manchester United really looking to push on and he had a great spell for us, when we had a ten game unbeaten start in the season we finished fifth.

Definitely playing on Saturday;

“I think he is a player who plays on confidence and I’m trying to get him in a place where his confidence is high.

“If our stadium can help him on Saturday then it is going to help the team, because he will play (against Leicester).

All about the confidence;

“I think he has been terrific and he needs to keep his confidence and keep believing in himself. If he does that then he is a real threat to any opposition.

“I think Gabby has had some games at home where it’s not gone well for him at Newcastle, but when it does go well for him, then it can make us look a different side.

Absolutely breathtaking;

“We are hoping now that he has more maturity and more confidence in his ability, because I don’t think anybody in our squad or on the staff, would question his ability.

“Sometimes he can be absolutely breathtaking.”

[intlink id=”48918″ type=”post”]Good luck to Gabriel Obertan, just like any Newcastle player the fans want to see him do well [/intlink]but you can’t blame supporters for being sceptical that the Frenchman is the answer to any of United’s problems.

I don’t think it helps either when, just as he has done in the past, Alan Pardew goes overboard on Obertan when he brings him back in the team, claiming he’s been outstanding in training etc etc. The fact that Pardew didn’t even select him for the tour of New Zealand tells us how little faith the manager had in him for the coming season, so trying to claim now that he is going to be some kind of star player who can help save the season is a big leap of faith.

I think it would serve Obertan much better if he could just quietly get on with trying to edge his way into some kind of effective role in the team, rather than have his manager making over the top claims of his ability to be ‘absolutely breathtaking’ at times.


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