Gabriel Obertan finds yet another club willing to take him – There’s hope for us all
Against the odds, Gabriel Obertan has found yet another club willing to take him on.
After Rafa Benitez paid him off early months before his five year contract was up at Newcastle, the winger then found a home at Anzhi in August 2016.
It didn’t take long for the Russian club to realise what they’d taken on and after only six league starts and one goal, the winger was released in January 2017.
Wigan were already looking in danger of the drop and taking on free agent Gabriel Obertan didn’t exactly help. Signed on in January 2017 he was only given seven league starts and scored one goal, Wigan relegated to League One and sent Obertan on his way.
Those two leagues goals in 2016/17 is actually quite prolific compared to what Newcastle fans saw, as the Frenchman only scored two league goals in five years at Newcastle United.
Showing that if you have ‘former Premier League player’ against your name you will always find somebody to employ you, Gabriel Obertan has now turned up in Bulgaria.
France Football report that Obertan is now taking his medical at Levski Sofia ahead of completing a two year deal.
Levski finished third in the league last season, though 20 points behind champions Ludogorets.
However, they have still qualified to take part in the Europa League this coming season.
The kind of signing that has typified the failings of Mike Ashley at Newcastle, a ‘young promising’ player given a massive (five years) contract in the hope his value would increase, only to prove nowhere near good enough and NUFC not able to give him away.
To sum up just how poor Gabriel Obertan is, he turns 29 next February and in his entire career so far, he has only started 65 league matches.
The Frenchman was one of the very few transfers that Alan Pardew was said to have played a part in when he was at Newcastle, says it all.
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]