Gabriel Obertan celebrates 1166 days achievement
Gabriel Obertan was the man of the match performance on Saturday against Leicester.
[intlink id=”49066″ type=”post”]Scoring a very good individual goal[/intlink], Obertan’s intervention was all that separated two poor teams.
In a post-match interview however, Obertan inadvertently summed up probably the single biggest problem (of many) that face the current Newcastle United squad.
“I have been waiting for a while to score at St.James’.”
It certainly has been, in fact it is the first home Premier League goal Gabriel Obertan has scored in the 1166 days since he signed on 9th August 2011.
Making a bit of a mockery of Alan Pardew claiming Obertan was [intlink id=”49113″ type=”post”]\’absolutely breathtaking\’ and \’unplayable\’ at times[/intlink].
Why not let the Frenchman try to put together a little run of form rather than make these way over the top statements that simply put more pressure on Obertan.
“Getting that first win at St.James’ was something we were really looking forward to and I’m glad the team got the three points.
“It has been tough but we showed patience and I think it paid off. It has been a tough season for me last year and I’m glad to be back in the team and be useful.”
“The most important thing is to be working when people don’t see you. It is easy to train when you have got the coaches patting you on the back, but those moments when you are by yourself, you have to believe in yourself and dig deep.”
Spurs and Liverpool are ‘do-able’;
“I have always been confident in myself and my ability. It might be a surprise for some people but not for me.
“We have two tough (Premier League) games next in Spurs and Liverpool but I think it is do-able.”
Gabriel Obertan has only scored one other goal in the Premier League and that was at Blackburn in a 2-0 win on 1st February 2012. While he has got one previous strike at St.James’ Park but that was in the Europa League against Brugge when he scored the only goal of the game on 25th October 2012.
So I suppose an encouraging statistic to take forward is – whenever ever Obertan scores Newcastle win!
However, the huge problem for Newcastle is that Obertan is just one of countless midfielders/wingers who rarely, if ever, score – Sissoko, Tiote, Colback, Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, while Yoan Gouffran last scored ten months ago.
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