Alan Pardew: 'Gabriel Obertan can be a great player for Newcastle United'

Pardew: 'Obertan can be a great player'
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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes that Gabriel Obertan can still be a "great player" for the Magpies after ending a two-year wait for a Premier League goal.

Alan Pardew has insisted that Gabriel Obertan can be a "great player" for Newcastle United after he ended his two-year goal drought in the Premier League.

The Frenchman scored the only goal as the Magpies recorded a first victory of the Premier League season by beating Leicester City 1-0 on Saturday.

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: "He's a player who needs to build his own self-confidence. He has been terrific for us this season and I had a feeling that he could come in and still be a great player, Gabby.

"He's only a young player, you look at his age and he's had tremendous experience. He needs to deliver and if he can keep his confidence high. I was so pleased he got the goal. It capped a great display.

"Also he had a lot of niggly injuries that meant his momentum kept getting stalled but when we finished fifth, he played a big part in that season and I never forgot that. Being a young player, sometimes you have to wait, it doesn't always fall into place. He has been terrific and he certainly warrants a start in this team."

Despite the win, Newcastle remain in the relegation zone, with seven points from eight games.

Newcastle player Gabriel Obertan celebrates his goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St James' Park on October 18, 2014
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