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Why Scapegoat The Only Newcastle Player Who Runs Towards The Other Goal?

6 years ago
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There’s something that has been bothering me for a while and it is something that has been getting more obvious in the ground, as well as in articles on fan websites.

It’s not Mike Ashley. It’s not Alan Pardew. It’s not Wonga. It’s not Sports Direct and it’s nothing to do with people protesting about any one of those things.

The thing that annoys me is the constant NEED of a vocal minority of supporters to pick one of our players to be a scapegoat.

It’s nothing new but it’s getting worse. Not content with abusing the owner and manager for things that they are 100% responsible for, people are now resorting to simply bullying the players.

It’s most obvious at present with Gabriel Obertan. This is a player who is limited in terms of his ability. He can run really fast and that’s about it, but that’s not his fault. He tries to make the most of his ability and he causes other teams problems.

He was frozen out from part of pre-season. When he got back into the squad for the tournament in Germany he took his chance and played well. He even scored a goal. He’s then had some game time coming off the bench and has again done what he does best. Get the ball and run really fast towards the other team’s goal. That’s EXACTLY what the team are crying out for. He’s even set up a couple of goals during his limited time on the pitch.

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So, he’s doing a decent job with a limited skill set. He’s produced more than Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Siem De Jong and Moussa Sissoko combined this season. He’s a positive, forward looking player who gives us a chance of creating something. He at least gives something for opposing defenders to think about.

Why is it then that whenever he goes near the ball there’s a collective groan from the crowd? Why does every mention of him on this website seem to feel the need to point out that he’s not very good? Why is everything so negative about him?

There are a lot of problems at NUFC. One of them might be that we’ve sold our best player, and loaned out a number of others. As a result we have to play Obertan. However, that isn’t Gabriel Obertan’s fault. It also isn’t his fault that he’s our best option for the right wing spot. It isn’t his fault that nobody else will run forwards with the ball….

Let’s leave Gabriel Obertan alone and support him, help him play to the best of his abilities.

Let’s not constantly run him down, yes hope that one day we get a better calibre of player, but in the meantime let’s back the players we’ve got.

Save your derision for those people who deserve it – the owner who sees us simply as his cash cow, and the incompetent, arrogant manager who seems determined to draw every game 0-0, despite not knowing how to set up a defence.

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