Newcastle winger Gabriel Obertan has been criticised for his performances on the field previously, but could his goal against Blackburn the other night be the turning point for the former Bordeaux man?
Obertan is a player who had a torrid time at Manchester United and Alan Pardew bought him in the summer to offer him a chance to resurrect the career. Unfortunately a slow start led to Gabby becoming a scapegat amongst a section of fans.
Many players thrive on the confidence that the fans give them throughout the game but Obertan hasn’t been on the receiving end of it. He is still young at the age of 22, he has a long career ahead of him and he has shown glimpses of what he can provide for us.
Let me take you back to when Fabricio Coloccini first arrived as a Newcastle player, the Argentine International made many mistakes when playing in defence and was a liability whenever he was defending. Many expected Coloccini to leave the club when we were relegated in 2009 but he decided to stay on under the leadership of Chris Hughton. His season in the Championship saw him go from strength to strength and he began to become an accomplished player for the side.
On our return to the Premier League Coloccini became a standout performer for Newcastle and he seemed to have improved vastly from the player that we had seen when he first arrived at the Toon. The Argentinan has made further strides this season by being handed the captaincy by Alan Pardew and he has been a figurehead for the club and a leader for the team. This is testament that with a little bit of time a player can improve hugely.
You have to remember that whilst Obertan was at Manchester United he only made fourteen appearances during the period of 2009-2011, this is not enough time for Obertan to adjust to the Premier League and he has since made eighteen appearances for the Magpies.
He has shown glimpses of what he can offer the team and with a little bit of time and patience from the Newcastle fans then I’m sure we will begin to see more and more from this promising Frenchman. His goal against Blackburn was coolness personified and belied his what is supposed be a fragile confidence.
Perhaps that goal was the catalyst Gabby needed?