Obertan signs on at Newcastle.

Ober the toon!
Newcastle have today confirmed the capture of Gabriel Obertan from Manchester United on a five year deal.

The 22-year-old has been signed for a fee of ยฃ3 million and will be available for the visit of Arsenal at the weekend.

Obertan will effectively replace Routledge in terms of position although I’d like to hope that the former Bordeaux man will have much more of an impact on the pitch at Premier League level than Routledge ever had. Mind you, that is not hard to be fair – just ask Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Fulham….

Anyway, Obertan has been speaking about his move to Newcastle and it seems as though the French winger is happy to be here although I must admit that I always remain sceptical of what footballers say when they join a new club. I swear there is a secret book somewhere that only footballers can use…

On that note Obertan was quick to praise the history of the club, the fans, claim how happy he is to be here and so on. The usual kind of stuff really. Read on for quotes.

“I spoke with some of my friends and Newcastle is a big club with history in England, so it’s a great move,” Obertan told the official club website.

“I’m just really happy to be here because this is still a big club for me. It wasn’t really a difficult decision to come here. I spent two good years in Manchester but it was a bit difficult with the competition and I really needed a club where I could play more games.”

“I know it won’t be easy to play each game here, because there’s a good group, but I want a fresh start in my football.”

“I’ve heard a lot about the fans, the atmosphere, the passion around the club and the way the city is just behind the club 100 per cent, so I think I’m going to love it.”

Meanwhile Alan Pardew has had his say on his fifth signing of the summer and has revealed that he has been keeping tabs on Obertan for some time.

“Gabriel is a player I’ve watched for the last couple of seasons since he arrived at Manchester United,” Pardew told the club website.

“He has great pace and excellent technique and he has improved his power in the last 12 months and is ready now to make a real impact in the Premier League.”

“I contacted Sir Alex about him early at the start of the summer to see if there was an opportunity to bring him to Newcastle, but it wasn’t until Wayne Routledge joined Swansea that we were able to bring him in.”

“His best years are ahead of him which is exactly what we want at this club, and with the backing of our magnificent fans I’m sure he will prove an excellent signing for us.”

Hopefully this signing gives Alan Pardew the pick me up that he needs as, in my opinion, he’s looked and sounded pretty down over the last few days. I hope Obertan and the thought of more signings cheers him up as I don’t want hi to get fed up and end up walking.

Those that do want him to walk or feel he is a “puppet”, “stooge”, “cronie” or whatever should consider the alternative. Joe Kinnear is still out of work…

So welcome aboard to Gabriel Obertan who becomes the latest French connection at Newcastle United. Maybe with a regular run of games and the backing of some compatriots he can flourish and fulfil the potential that he showed at Bordeaux that earned him the move to Manchester United in the first place.

Vive la rรฉvolution!

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112 thoughts on “Obertan signs on at Newcastle.

  1. BATTY got stopped on moterway with them tellys,telt you i coundnt toe on there with me scooter,need a lift noo where are you? ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Batty,

    LMAO! Why am I not surprised, matey? Always tryin’ to gan and get stuff for free like hahaha!!


  3. DOG you will have too hitch a lift and be quick man as i want you back doon there tonight ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. Richie-

    Feck off man, you know you pined after me every day like :mrgreen: And no- I missed the Columbus game. I divnt wanna talk aboot it.

    Icedog- lol mate! Speakin’ of legal issues, I did get a summons for jury duty yesterday. FML.


  5. Batty WTF are ye playing at lad ? just got in there to find that the TV is only a 58 ins you told me it was 60, will you check that Dog hasn’t swapped it round to get himsel a few extra quid ๐Ÿ‘ฟ
    OH nice to see ye back kiddo ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Toonsy could you not have photoshopped that c@nt Lambsarse out of that its bad enough knowing he’s at the club without seeing his ugly mug, but then I guess atleast it makes Obertan feel a bit less paranoid about his heed


  6. Ice-

    Make a stop by the Tower of London and steal me some o’ dem crown jewels like. I hear they’ll fetch a pretty penny on the black market… :mrgreen:


  7. Davey-

    Nice to be back, matey! Thanks for that little push the other day. You and Batty are good folks like. I divnt care what Sy said aboot ya ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. Icedog-

    We divnt say “me lord” in the States. We say “your honour”. Though for the record, you’s have to call me “your Grace”. I’m an official Duke of some place called Hay-on-Wye in the UK. LoL, I’ve got an official parchment with the “King’s” Seal affixed in wax. Hmm…. does this mean I can sit in the house of Lords?? I’d introduce legislation to have the Royal Family supply the Toon with one billion pounds per year ๐Ÿ˜‰


  9. DAVE kna its 60in mate batty looked at it, stop useing those irish tapes,by the way battys due another ยฃ150 for the remote ๐Ÿ˜€


  10. OHurley would you be interested in some shares in the brooklyn bridge as well by any chance?


  11. Ice-

    Watch it with the Irish cracks, now! Me ggg grandfather will come back from beyond the grave, reekin’ of whisky, and blowin’ up English bridges like ๐Ÿ˜ˆ


  12. OHURLEY aye you could sit in the lords,you could own a lot of uk land too

    batty knocked a few of those out 250 a shot ๐Ÿ˜€


  13. Ice sorry your right it was a 60 so alls good mate ๐Ÿ˜‰
    OH never listen to SY he is just a grade A Tosser
    Reet Lads back to do a bit catch you’s later, ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


  14. Dave – I think recent news suggests I’m anything but a tosser ๐Ÿ˜†

    Just seen that clip of that lad in London, the one who got attacked and was pissing with blood and people “helped” him and robbed his backpack in the process. Utterly despicable,

    If they want to be fucking big men send them to Afghan and watch their little ballbags shrink. Fucking fannies.


  15. Toon 9/2 to finish top half, 5/2 to be relagated—— Bookies rarely get it wrong.
    Wonder what odds top 6 and a cup? ๐Ÿ˜Ž


  16. ANDY@61the lad is as good as Enrique quick and strong good technique and can only get better he is still only 22 i think . Already had 10 or so caps for the dutch national team and lets face it they are no dummies .


  17. Clearly nufc were not in for him then if WBA got him!

    Hope he doesn’t do better than ba! ๐Ÿ˜†


  18. Batty – Aye I seen that. It’s warming up in Brum again. All I need now is for it kick off in Leeds and I won’t be able to go anywhere tonight ๐Ÿ˜†


  19. Batty, you need to sort this shit out if this nonsense spreads to Newcastle. Don’t think I can take another week without football


  20. Ice, nor did I. I think Pardew has someone up his sleeve who we don’t know about


  21. A few places have been pretty consistent for awhile now that Pards didn’t rate Long. I guess time will tell


  22. Right lads, I’m off to a carling cup match. Have fun commenting on the new article (mine) ๐Ÿ˜†


  23. Defoe for me if we can get him for ยฃ8 mill or less, but can`t see us being able to persuade him or agree a wage deal.


  24. ” And if he doesnโ€™t, itโ€™s not the end of the world. Better 3 Obertans than 1 ยฃ9m โ€œknown nameโ€ who can, at best, justify his price and no more.”

    So if he doesn’t make it, its ok? It would be better to get three cheap players who aren’t good enough, than to get one expensive player who is?

    Is that the depth of thinking behind the ‘let’s be positive’ manifesto?


    Sorry but I’d rather have players who are good enough whether they cost ยฃ3m or ยฃ9m.


  25. Why did Llambias have to get in on that picture. Obertan’s a good signing hopefully, potentially very good. Better than Routledge for sure and more natural skill and trickery than Jonas. Just hope he does the business, he’ll be keen to impress!


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