English Championship side Newcastle is set to lose more players with their new status, having been relegated from top flight football.
Former Newcastle United forward Gabriel Obertan might return to his home country after ending his contract at Saint James Park.
The France international was booted out alongside Sylvain Marveaux even before the last season ended, as the manager Rafa Benitez was unlikely to give them playing time in the final two games left then. The sack was out of mutual consent.
The club released a statement that read:
“Everyone at Newcastle United wishes Gabriel and Sylvain the very best for the future.”
Former Bordeaux, Lorient and Manchester United right winger, Gabriel Obertan is yet to return to full action since returning from injury.
The Newcastle player has been out since last October, so it's unsurprising that he's far from getting a start.
The right winger suffered from a hamstring injury last year, so he played last for the Magpies in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea in September.
Newcastle’s manager, Rafael Benitez has informed Gabriel Obertan that he may have a role to play in the Magpies relegation battle.
Injured since September, the winger has spent most of his time in the injury room.
However, with the appointment of Rafael Benitez, he may have a chance to make his return to the first team.
Oddly enough, Gabriel Obertan did start this current campaign in the first team and even provided an assist for GeorginioWijnaldum. However, since his injury he has yet to make an appearance this campaign for Newcastle United.
Gabriel Obertan’s time in Newcastle United has seen him going from being a consistent player in his debut season to dropping into the sidelines and now not even being able to play at all due to a number of injuries which has kept the French player out of the pitch for a hefty period of time.
The Frenchman originally sustained a hamstring injury back in September of 2015 and he was expected to be back into in the following weeks but unfortunately for Obertan, his time on the sidelines has been a longer one due to another injury that the French winger suffered in the same hamstring.
Steve McClaren says that the mentality of the players will be the key towards getting out of trouble even in the tough Christmas schedule.
Steve McLaren is not worried about the fact that he will have to go into the upcoming Premier League game versus Norwich with his no. 3 shot stopper which is Rob Elliot.
Tim Krul and Karl Darlow, the first two choices for McLaren as far as the goalkeeping options are concerned, are currently not available because of being injured and thus, he is forced to have to hand Elliott a start.
But, the manager has no doubts whatsoever about the credentials of the 29-year old.
Newcastle United midfielder Gabriel Obertan says that he is very happy with the fresh start that he is getting at the club under the leadership of manager Steve McClaren.
The former Manchester United player seemed to be heading for an exit in the summer. During his short spell with the Northeast outfit, Obertan has largely spent time on the sidelines after being injured for much of his time. Even though he appears to have undoubted quality whenever he plays, former manager Alan Pardew was not able to avail services for much of the last few years.
New Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren says that he is joining the club with the hope of ending the long-standing trophy drought at Tyneside.
The club has not won a major trophy since the 1955 FA Cup title. During the early part of the 21st-century, they were considered as one of the potential challengers to the supremacy of Arsenal and Manchester United. For a few years under the regime of Kevin Keegan, Newcastle were able to come close to winning the league title. Since then, the club has dropped down several notches and they were even relegated for one season during this period.
The first step towards boycotting the current regime of Mike Ashley began when a number of Newcastle United supporters did not turn up for the recent match against Tottenham.