Give Gabby a chance!

The brunt of plenty of criticism.
Despite such a great start to the season we still have fans trying to jump on the back of our players as quickly as possible.

Gabriel Obertan is the one taking the hit at the minute, but he’s not the only one, James Perch got blamed for plenty on Wednesday when it wasn’t his fault and Danny Guthrie was getting stick throughout the game, until he silenced the abuse with a 25 yard screamer.

I don’t like to call players that play for us, but I will say if they’ve played poorly or not. My main qualm with players is if they don’t try. That’s a reason to slag them off constantly, not just because they don’t play brilliantly every game.

Right, back to Obertan, when Pardew spoke on the radio this quote really stuck about Obertan, when such absolute imbecile rang up to slag him off to his manager on the radio.

“If you asked Gabby whether he was in the top 5 right sided midfielders in the Premier League, he’d tell you he wasn’t even in the top 20”

That’s right there clearly shows his problem, confidence. I’m not a rocket scientist but do you think that people getting on his back so early in his Newcastle career is a good way to help him improve.

He’s been stuck behind some brilliant players at Old Trafford and their fans were they same, any time he came on the pitch they’d moan. “why’s he playing?” “he’s useless” “get so and so on”. But why? He gives 100% every game, he defends, he links up play, he attacks the full back when he’s got space, fair enough he doesn’t always go at the full back, but when he does he’s often effective.

Why does he get the stick? Well, I’ll round it up. Some people have a dig at his crossing, but there’s not many quick wingers who are great at crossing, you usually get one or the other. Obertan’s crossing isn’t awful, he managed to pick out Demba Ba on Wednesday for the pen, but little credit was given.

Other people have a dig and say he doesn’t beat his man or attack his full back enough. Pardew said on the radio that he’d love to have Gabby run at the full back all game, but sometimes you just need to keep the ball.

I’ve seen some people write Obertan off so far, sometimes even to the point of embarrassment. I’ve read comments of “I never want to see Obertan in a Newcastle shirt again” that was the one that really made me laugh. Writing off a 22 year old, 6 foot 1 pacey winger after 9 league games, the lad has everything in his locker to be a top class player; it just needs to shine through.

I still remember the first time I saw him play against England Under 21’s at the City Ground. He was the best player on the pitch, by a “country mile”. He scored the winning goal and got man of the match, despite not lasting the full 90.

The summer after that game he was snapped up by Fergie, some say Fergie doesn’t let good players go. He lets the older players go when they’re finished, but sometimes he lets a gem of youngster go, Gerard Pique and Giuseppe Rossi being the prime examples.

Yes, Marveaux is knocking on the door, and looking good, but that’s in the reserves, even Ranger looks good in the reserves. I’m not knocking Marveaux as he’s looking good, but giving Obertan the hook right now would just dent his confidence even more, as if the moans and groans from 50 thousand and sarcastic applause at his replacement weren’t enough.

Obertan has the pace which changes games; it can get you out of tight spots and take you the length of the field in seconds. Although I didn’t attend the training session today I’ve heard he looked on a good form with some great touches and some good finishing. If the fans get behind him and give the lad some confidence we could see that on the pitch.

He needs to be given time on the pitch so he can gain confidence and perform to the level which he threatens to perform at on a more consistent basis. He also needs the fans behind him, he needs to feel like he’s loved by the fans, something he didn’t feel at Manchester United. The fans could play a big part in Gabby’s development, he needs 50,000 fans behind him, not on his back.

He’s only 9 league games into his NUFC career, give him a break!

122 thoughts on “Give Gabby a chance!

  1. Icke it was on twitter the other day that the deal was done for Maiga ❓
    Ice not them 2 [email protected] I meant the other one 😆

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  2. DAVE what you going for m8??,make sure its good on juice 😉 dave do they have mot in eire they didnt used too

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  3. Ice i’m not 100% sure about down there ? I dont think so 😕
    Oh its a Jag almost my dream car the only thing is that its the wrong colour I would love a British racing green, but this one is black.
    As for juice they are better than the car I have now as it only does 19 – 22 mpg but I don’t really do many miles 😀 as I dont like driving 😆

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  4. DAVE your like me mate i hate driveing change mine every 2/3 yrs and i dont know why the one i have at the mo is 2 in march and theres only 1400 on the clock,mines black hardly moves but always seems to need a wash 🙁

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  5. DJG a rover 75 v6 and its a thirsty fuker, as for range rover my bro had one and he was normally only getting 12 mpg from it, but we are both heavy footed 😆

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  6. Big D, nice car that, heavy on the juice though like you say. The tax on fuel is getting rediculous I think, [email protected] want to suck the life out of the motorist.

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  7. DJG – Love my driving mate. Happy as a pig in shit when I’m behind the wheel whether it be car, bus or lorry. Just amazes me how some people can be so bad at it 😕

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  8. Also amazes me how many people get so stressed out about it.Like people getting angry in traffic jams. Why?It’s not going to go away just because someone gets angry. Mind you, traffic generally means overtime for me so sitting there on £14 an hour probably makes it a little bit easier 😆

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  9. Im glad some has said something about people slagging of obertan he has all the potential in the world I have no doubt when he is full of confidence, the world really is at his feet. On james perch when we were in the championship compare him to danny simo there wasnt much in it. Just when he made the move he didnt get of to the best of starts and lost alot of confidence and hasnt fully recovered. I would love to kick what ever shitheads on the balls. for booing players who give everything every game. would u rather Owen, martins, luque,hugo viana??? I think not

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  10. DJG – Watch the company car mate. Make sure it’s a pokey little thing or you’ll get ripped a new arsehole with the extra tax you’ll have to pay 🙁

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  11. I think it might be hire car sort of thing, with mileage allowance, because I will have to travel down the country a bit. Wouldn’t mind getting a different one every week like. 🙂

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  12. The capacity for Toon fans to be hyper-reactive always amazes me. I’m not greatly impressed by Obertan, but I also see no reason to change a winning team (oh, sorry, we’ve lost one in a row – catastrophe! How will the team regroup?).

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  13. It won’t be a different one every week. It’ll be contract hire for a few months at a time, maybe even a year. Still not bad though 🙂

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  14. Keith @ 67 got to say that is one of the best comments I have seen on here 🙂 . Just wondering whether Obertan’s best position is winger? I think he might be better playing off the front man and swapping Ben arfa to the wing. Reason being I think Obertan is stronger, very quick, not so good with the crossing but his ground passes seem alright whereas I don’t think Ben arfa is strong enough to play in the middle at the moment because alot of the time his back is to goal when he receives his pass which doesn’t give him the time to accelerate and get up to pace like he can when he plays on the wing (However this might be because of the injury). I also think Marveux looks one hell of a player and we need to start him sooner rather than later.

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  15. keith

    October 28, 2011 at 22:18

    icke , im very proud of most of our fans we turn up in droves support the lads even though we are let down time and time again ,and we are all individuals some boo some dont some leave early ( boils my piss ) some dont some like the manager some dont some think mike ashley is the mesiah i think hes a very naughty boy

    😀 v good

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  16. Excellent, mate and agree with every word.
    As frustrating as it may be – SUPPORT gets you more than booing for frigs sake

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  17. Writing him off (if anyone actually is) this early into his Toon career is ridiculous. He’s potentially very good indeed. He really needs to sort out his crossing though – both in his decision-making and execution

    I think he’ll be back in the starting line-up at Stoke. It seems from match reports that Marveaux played ok at Blackburn but that Obertan improved the side when he came on. Having said that, the principal reason he’ll come back in to the starting XI is his size and physical stature – he’s a lot stronger than Marveaux and Pardew is very aware of this.

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  18. Big [email protected]…I’ve been trying, but you know it’s not so easy… 😆 😆

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  19. [email protected] cheers i agree gabbys not that bad just a hardworking winger with pace and as i say would look a lot better with a proper fullback behind him like santon .
    Marveux looks like he could be be great and your right benarfa is miles away and so would anybody after that injury .

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  20. Hopefully with games his touch will improve because as of yet it has been awful. Yes he has pace but so does Usain Bolt and I bet like Obertan he will struggle to cross a football. In my opinion it is criminal that a professional footballer can not put a half decent cross in.

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  21. As for James Perch he has never been a footballer. But if your having to gamble a million pounds on a player you get what you pay for. Hence James Perch

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  22. I think he has been great so far, the only thing I would like for him to do is improve his crossing then I think he would be a big threat game after game. He is getting regular football now with us and now has the chance to fine tune his skill set. Let us not expect him to turn up trees already

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  23. In every game I saw him play for Man Utd michael12 he just looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights, running the ball out of play. I hope he proves me wrong but as I have already said it is criminal that a professional footballer cant cross the ball. Stay back in training every day and learn how to cross at pace. Is it too much to ask.

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  24. [email protected] like you say you get what you pay and newcastle dont pay much ! we had barton he was not a winger could not beat players had no pace but could put a ball on a pin head now we have obertan he can beat a player has lots of pace and great workrate its swings and roundabouts , if you want a winger who can beat players like guttierez cross like barton and score goals like ginola then he plays for real madrid and cost 100 million , a bit out of ashleys bracket saying that hes 30 million in profit with player sales over the last couple of seasons !

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  25. Keith. Your right, CR7 would be a great signing. We have got to be happy with the signings we have made, be it Perch, be it Obertan or be it Best because that’s what we are stuck with.
    The point I am trying to make is that with practise anyone can cross a football. Even you or I could with practice could do it.

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  26. ha you have never seen me play obviously…… hes 22 he still has time to improve on his crosses lets hope he doesent improve to much though because ashley would try and flog him for 20 million 😉

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