postheadericon Obertan Signs Five Year Deal With Newcastle

Newcastle United have signed former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan on a five-year deal after agreeing terms with the Premier League champions. Obertan’s decision to make the move to the football-mad north-east section of England is the latest in a string of transfers for a man who has failed to live up to the lofty expectations set for him when he was starting out in the world of football.

Manchester United made the decision to sign Obertan two years ago after the player dazzled fans of Bordeaux in France, but it would seem as if Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t quite see the level of consistency or creative flair in the player that would have made him an instant fixture in the starting line-up for the Red Devils.

His unhappy time in Manchester aside, the youngster remains hopeful that success will soon come on a personal level up in Newcastle. After the deal was agreed and announced in the media, the Frenchman stated his excitement at joining up with “a big club with history” after a fairly “difficult” two years at Old Trafford that saw the stiff competition in midfield crowd leave him stranded on the sub bench. With Newcastle manager Alan Pardew also stating his excitement at the move for Obertan, the former West Ham boss stating that the player’s “pace and excellent technique” were more than enough to justify the decision to poach him from traditional footballing rivals Manchester, the transfer could turn out to look like a turning point in Obertan’s career.

The news will have delighted Newcastle fans, who haven’t enjoyed the best of summers after seeing influential club captain Kevin Nolan decide to take a pay cut to slip down into the Championship to turn out for Sam Allardyce’s West Ham outfit, and have also had to witness the ongoing controversy caused by Joey Barton’s inability to keep quiet on Twitter.

Obertan isn’t the first new French arrival at Newcastle. The youngster will join up with four other French players, all of whom signed earlier this summer. Those individuals are experienced Premier League player Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, and the talented Yohan Cabaye, so it could well be that the future for Newcastle and football in the north-east of England as a whole lies in the hands of five men from over the Channel.

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