Once again a portion of the “loyal” “fans” at St James Park booed off our right winger Gabriel Obertan today after his performance against West Bromwich Albion.
It’s just not on!
It’s honestly just utter lunacy; does anybody think that’ll actually help him play better? A player who obviously thrives on confidence, which has been confirmed by Alan Pardew, someone who sees him play virtually EVERY DAY!
Does he try? Of course he does, he tries his bloody heart out. He was up and down that line all game, trying to do something with the ball every time he got it, sometimes even too hard because of the people he had on his back.
His driving run won the free kick which was dispatched by the magnificent Demba Ba, he was the man of the first half for me, by a distance. Why? Because he made some great runs and gave Simpson an option every time he had the ball, he won corners and most of all he gave 100% which cannot be said for the whole team.
I agree, he’s not amazing, but for gods sake we bought him for £3 million, he’s hardly going to be Lionel Messi is he? He’s a young lad who needs to be given a chance, he wasn’t given that chance at Manchester United, because of their fans reaction to his efforts, and I fear the same thing will happen here. I never thought I’d compare our fans to the prawn sarnie expecting idiots from Manchester/London/Torquay/Asia/Anybloodywhere.
It’s no surprise that Gabriel Obertan’s best performance in a Newcastle shirt come away at Stoke, where the away fans supported him and weren’t jumping on his back from minute one like some of the home crowd are at the moment. He also tore strips off Patrice Evra at Old Trafford before tiring, once again, an away game.
In my opinion Obertan has been the shining light of the first half of both of our last two games. He always seems to tire in the second half, which is a worry but in this busy period a lot of players will.
He looked dangerous against Swansea but both centre forward went to the near post too often and his crosses evaded them, but he was looking very sharp before being replaced. Tonight he won the free kick for Ba and was a constant out ball. He was also often there to cover Simpson if he was getting done for pace, he wasn’t the best player on the pitch, but he was nowhere near the worst.
I’ve seen calls for him to be dropped to the reserves, or others saying he should play in the Championship. Aye, class idea that, who we going to play in his position? Ryan Taylor, someone who we need further back, that lacks pace and isn’t really a fan favourite. Sammy Ameobi, someone who is far too young and lacks experience and he also struggles to cross.
We’re hardly blessed with right wingers, I may want him dropped if we had Cristiano Ronaldo sat on the bench, but we haven’t so why don’t we ALL get behind him and give him a chance in the next game? To make it worse he looked gutted when he sat on the bench after being booed off, I’m sure he’ll be the first to try and beat his man vs Bolton. Well done, “fans”.
Just ask yourself:
Is it Obertan’s fault that we can’t win a back post header?
Is it Obertan’s fault that Coloccini cannot keep up with Long?
Is it Obertan’s fault that we played a high line?
Is it Obertan’s fault that Ben Foster saved about three crackers from Haris Vuckic?
Is it hell, so why is he being made the scapegoat?!