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Obertan back in contention

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew insists that Gabriel Obertan's bright displays in pre-season have put him back in contention within the squad.

Last Updated: 04/08/14 at 11:30 Post Comment

Gabriel Obertan: Newcastle man has impressed in pre-season

Gabriel Obertan: Newcastle man has impressed in pre-season

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Obertan was thought to be one of the fringe players that could be departing the club this summer given he was rarely involved last term, and the 25-year-old has not started a league game for nearly 18 months.

But the former Manchester United winger has impressed in pre-season and even had the Newcastle fans chanting his name against Schalke on Sunday.

"I was really pleased with our fans. It was nice to hear them singing Obertan’s name," said Pardew.

"He is another player that has worked hard this summer and you can see that.

"If he can take that into the season that will be a bonus for us because he’s been troubled with injuries.

"He was very good."

Surely it's too late for Obertan? He's had loads of chances, but he just doesn't have the quality. His composure, decision making, final pass/cross, finishing are nowhere near good enough for the Premier League. It's a shame...I'm sure he's a lovely lad and the club are to be commended for keeping the faith, but he's been with us for years now and has made no impact whatsoever. Continuing to believe in Obertan while discarding Ben Arfa seems an odd choice to me...
- tjb2376

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