Gabriel Obertan left many Newcastle fans afraid whenever he was named in the starting eleven during his five years at St James Park.

However, those same United supporters will be hoping that the French winger doesn’t come back to haunt them this Saturday.

Since arriving at Wigan as a free agent in late January, Gabriel Obertan has slowly worked his way into the first team, involved in seven of the last eight Championship games – the Frenchman made four substitute appearance before then starting the last three matches.

Newcastle fans won’t be surprised to hear that he hasn’t been pulling up any trees since returning to England, with relegation favourites Wigan winning two and drawing one of his seven matches.

At a rate of a point per match, it is a slight improvement in form for the club that sit second bottom of the Championship with 34 points from 38 games so far.

Gabrie Obertan has been operating as a left sided attacking midfielder for Wigan and has one assist but no goals so far. It would surely be far too cruel for him to decide to have one of his rare decent games this coming weekend.

Rafa Benitez quickly worked out that both Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux were no use to him when arriving at Newcastle, the pair of them paid off last year long before their contracts were due to run out at the end of June 2016.

Since leaving France eight years ago, the 28 year old has managed precisely three league goals. Scoring on the 1 February 2012 as Newcastle won 2-0 at Blackburn, then 18 October 2014 in a 1-0 win over Leicester.

This summer saw a short-term contract agreed with Anzhi, playing as a centre-forward Obertan managed a single goal in a 1-0 win at Ural.

With no contract renewal offered by the Russian club, the winger has now found his way back to England and the north west with Wigan, interesting to see how he does on Saturday.

If you remember, he was one of the few Newcastle signings that was credited to Alan Pardew, rather than the usual Graham Carr route of identifying new players.

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  • TheNutJob

    Fergie must still be having a chuckle on this one

  • Andy Mac

    I’ve read how Pardwho claimed he’d always stuck with his players through thick and thin yet HBA, Routledge, Tav, Simmo and many others would disagree with that. However he stuck with Squidward mainly because he’d been the one to bring him to SJP. A classic example of his own fallability

  • bobbi fleckman

    You just know he’s going to have a stormer on Saturday

    • Mark Scott

      He was always capable of a blinder when he wasn’t suffering from an infected toenail or some such garbage. We just couldn’t afford to wait for that game for the whole season…

  • Cuh736

    “Rafa Benitez quickly worked out that both Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux were no use to him when arriving at Newcastle, the pair of them paid off last year long before their contracts were due to run out at the end of June 2016”

    This is false. The players didn’t want to stay, that was why they left. Especially Marveaux, who even gave interviews about that later. Same with Thauvin, and Saivet

  • Wor Lass

    The first time I remember seeing him, he was playing in a European game for Manure (I think he had hair). I don`t know who they were playing but he absolutely rinsed them every time he got the ball. They put two men on him and he just took the p*ss. That was probably what Pardew saw. Never saw anything quite like that since, though!

  • Paul Patterson

    If he is as bad as every Newcastle fan that hated the sight of him made out, then we have nothing to fear.

  • Wor Monga

    He could run fast all day long, but always had trouble with controlling the ball, and taking it with him…if somebody can limit his space then he’ll be a passenger out there…
    …I’d be happier with Yedlin there to look after him, but let’s face it if we can’t keep Obertan from making a nuisance of himself, and take teams like Wigan apart, at home…
    …then we shouldn’t be topping this league, and expecting any promotion this season, should we?!!!

  • MadMag83

    Knowing our luck he’ll have a blinder.

  • hetonmag

    His speed used to overtake his brain all to often IMO.

    • bobbi fleckman

      That is so right, he has speed, a good touch and skills. His passing and crossing are a little suspect but he dribbles when he should pass, crosses when he should pull back, goes long when he should go short and in a pass and move, he will move to the wrong place.

  • edward alderson

    he has to have one good game in his life,i hope its not on saturday