One of the things that most of us can agree on is that certain players have not made the grade as far as challenging for the first team. The likes of Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling and Romain Amalfitano simply have not been good enough in terms of providing proper competition for places in our squad. With Amalfitano out on loan to French side Dijon, it would appear that another of our disappointing fringe players is to be sent out on loan, with reports that Gabriel Obertan is set to make a loan switch to Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Since making his 3 million pound transfer from Manchester United to Newcastle United in the summer of 2011, Gabriel Obertan has failed to impress either the Newcastle fans, or Alan Pardew in his attempt to nail down a first team spot. According to Tutto Mercato, Nottingham Forest wanted to take the former Bordeaux player to the Championship club over the summer but a move did not materialise, but that they are very interested in taking him on a temporary basis; something I think Newcastle manager Alan Pardew would be more than open to, despite his small squad.
I’ve spoken a lot about how important short-term loan deals can not only aid the development of the player in question, but can increase competition for places in the squad when these players return. With the likes of Sammy Ameobi, Curtis Good and Paul Dummett all enjoying successful loan spells last season, and with each of these players having played some part in Newcastle’s first team, Obertan could be heading into any possible loan deal full of hope that he will return a much more confident player.
Personally, I don’t think Obertan is of the standard to make it with the Newcastle United first team, but a successful loan spell could turn him into a decent squad player, something we are in desperate need of.
What are your thoughts on Obertan, the loan system, and some of our other fringe players? I’d like to hear your views, and I will answer most, if not all comments.
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