Gabriel Obertan says that he is very happy with the fresh start

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.

At the start of the season, though, he has been keen on making an impression. New manager McLaren may be without a victory after taking over at the club, but there is confident around the club once again. This is partly down to the raft of new signings made at the direction of owner Mike Ashley, who promised significant reinvestment at the club following yet another relegation threatened campaign. His promises have been kept so far with Newcastle being one of the biggest spenders in this transfer window. However, they are yet to translate into results, but the performances of players like Obertan have been confidence inspiring.

We had a few talks and individual meetings. I know what he expects from me. Everybody got a fresh start. That’s what I expected from new staff with new ideas.It is a really good start for me and I am really enthusiastic for the rest of the season,” said Obertan after the recent 2-2 draw with Southampton. The club have a game against Swansea in the next week. McLaren was always going to be doubted at the start of his tenure. This is due to his failed to spell with the England national team a few years back.

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