Obertan Or Routledge? Your Call
Gabriel Obertan is thankful for the faith and patience Alan Pardew has shown in him this season - when others would have dropped him.
But the former Man Utd winger has yet to win over the Toon fans, as some ask the question: "he has pace but has he ever skinned a defender?"
Others ask: "Is he any better than what we had already? Is he better than Wayne Routledge?"
Routledge is turning heads at Swansea City, showing that some are wrong to suggest he would never make a Premiership player.
Swansea were odds-on for relegation at the start of the season, but are settled in 14th spot ... looking far from being relegation certs.
Routledge has played is part, making 16 appearances providing the width and crosses from the flank, while Obertan has yet to settle in the Premiership.
He needs time, obviously, but Sir Alex Ferguson gave up on him ... and is there a better judge in football?
Gabriel Obertan: “It’s been great for me. It’s the first time I’ve had a season like this in England, where I’ve been playing in pretty much every game. That helps a lot.
“When you are training every day, it helps when you know you’re building towards a game at the weekend.
"It’s a great feeling to feel like you’re really involved in something, and I have been waiting quite a while for this. I know I still have to work hard to keep my spot, but it’s nice to be playing every week at the moment.
“Where I was previously (Manchester United) was a massive club, so when you come on for 20 minutes once every five or six games, you’re always straining to try to prove yourself.
"That is really hard. It is nice not to have to do that.” A run of testing fixtures begins at Anfield tonight, before Newcastle face champions Manchester United at St James’ Park.
“We have two very big games now.
“I look forward to every game, but the Man United is obviously a bit special for me personally. It is the club I just left and I still have some very good friends over there.”
Please vote: Is Obertan any better than Routledge?
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