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Thankfully it looks like we have the players to replace Obertan…

7 years ago

My last article (unintentionally) raised a few ounces of criticism for being too harsh on our Newcastle United’s performance against Liverpool. I thought it was written with positive intentions, with myself feeling very pleased to see us getting the hard-fought wins that often hard work doesn’t always guarantee. Well, for Newcastle United anyway!

This one perhaps becomes again a tad bittersweet, as I turn attention to the injury to Gabriel Obertan.

Only the luck of Newcastle United would see a player struck down with a bad injury after finding the form and showing the ability that so many of us had considered non-existent.

Since Gabby’s been drafted back into the team this year he’s looked a threat, with the possible exception of his first half involvement at Tottenham.

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He came on at Stoke, had enough bottle to run at the defence, and was robbed of an assist when poor Jack Colback struck the woodwork from 5 yards out.

Since then he’d started every game, got himself a fine assist in South Wales and then scored the goal that brought us our first three points of the season.

For me, his performance away at Manchester City in the cup was the highlight of his, sadly cut short, run of form. I was in the away end at The Etihad that night and every time he got the ball he appeared to be at sprint speed!

A new chant filled the away end that night, with a clever rendition of Culture Club’s ‘Karma Chameleon’. Many fans around me still felt the need to adapt the chant further to express their own personal opinions of the French winger….let’s just say they weren’t exactly positive.

Although the number of Obertan’s critics was dropping, there still remains a fair amount who don’t think he should be anywhere near the first eleven.

Two things I can say for certain though, is that the lad has a phenomenal work rate and not one Newcastle fan would have been happy to see him stretchered off on Saturday.

Thankfully it looks like we have the players to replace Obertan (now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write!) with Rolando Aarons, Sammy Ameobi and Remy Cabella all more than capable of filling in. Even Gouffran looks like he might be turning a corner…

I feel absolutely sick for Gabby as he will be a miss, which is ironically, a refreshing thing to be able to say.

I am though looking forward to seeing what Aarons and Ameobi can produce, starting at The Hawthorns on Sunday…

Comments welcome below.

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