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Gabriel Obertan is now reunited with another former Newcastle United winger

4 weeks ago
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In April 2016, Newcastle United paid up the contracts of French ‘stars’ Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan.

Two disastrous transfers by Newcastle United sadly just two of many under Mike Ashley’s ridiculous transfer policy.

Giving far too long contracts to players who aren’t good enough, then not being able to offload them due to paying them Premier League wages when they are Championship…at best.

The Gabriel Obertan signing was one of Alan Pardew’s claims to fame, widely reported as one of the very few transfers that Pardew had any real say in, getting his way on signing the Manchester United flop, rather than the usual Graham Carr selections.

During his five year stay, Obertan managed just 33 Premier League starts and two goals.

Sylvain Marveaux somehow managed to repay Newcastle with even less of a return, just 13 Premier League starts and one goal.

After arriving in March 2016, Rafa Benitez only took a month to decide he needed to get both Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan out of NUFC.

Fast forwarding almost five and a half years later, the two players are now reunited.

In June it was announced that Sylvain Marveaux had joined Charlotte Independence, who play in the second tier of football in the USE.

Now today, it has been confirmed (see below) that a now 32 year old Gabriel Obertan has joined him.

USL Championship site:

‘CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Independence announced on Thursday the club had signed veteran midfielder Gabriel Obertan. The Frenchman represented his country at the under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels before going on to compete in the Premier League for Manchester United and Newcastle United.

“Gabriel is another huge signing for our club,” said Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. “Not only does he bring a wealth of experience from top clubs throughout the world, he is a proven difference-maker in the game at high levels. He raises the bar for our group each day with his ability to see and make plays as well as his competitiveness. I am excited to integrate him with the team and get him on the field; our fans will appreciate the addition of another top, dynamic attacking player.”

Obertan began his professional career during the 2006-07 season after signing a three-year contract with French club, Bordeaux, where he made his first professional start at the age of 17. In 2008, Bordeaux loaned Obertan to fellow Ligue 1 side, FC Lorient, where he made 17 appearances and scored two goals.

In 2009, Manchester United acquired Obertan from Bordeaux ahead of the new Premier League season, and over the next two seasons he made 27 appearances for the club, recording one goal and four assists. In 2011 he made the move to Newcastle United, where he joined new Independence teammate and fellow countryman Sylvain Marveaux in the squad. Obertan made 77 appearances for the Magpies, recording four goals and 10 assists across all competitions.

Following his release from Newcastle United, Obertan signed with four different clubs including: Anzhi Makhachkala (2016), Wigan Athletic (2017), Levski Sofia (2017-18) and Erzurumspor (2019). Over the course of his professional career the French midfielder has made 303 appearances and scored 21 goals.’

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