Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan was once deemed surplus to requirements at St James Park, but after a handful of promising performances, has the Frenchmen earned his way back into the first team picture?
Obertan started his first Premier League game in two years last Saturday against Leicester and rewarded his boss with a winning striker. Obertan has since revealed to Sky Sports his struggle at Newcastle but says he has always given everything even when things looked low.
“This time was different, I just kept going.
“If people think that you’re done, that’s their problem. As long as you remember what you have done in the past and believe in yourself, then it will go your way at some point.”
Obertan was told to train away from the first team and either train alone or with the youth. A hammering blow to anyone’s confidence, Obertan dealt with the issue constructively as he looked to get his way back into the fray.
“You get impatient and frustrated (but) you can’t always blame someone else. You have to look at yourself and work through these difficulties. It will pay off.
“These lows build your character. It gets to you and you feel left out but then you think about the situation – it could be worse.
“I’m still in a great club, working hard and trying to make a name for myself. I am turning things around. I hope it is a resurrection of my career here.
“It’s easy to work when people see you, it’s another thing to work when they don’t. You have to wake up and still do it. No coaches are there to pat you on the back.”
Newcastle fans will raise their concerns over the Frenchman, but no one can doubt his sheer determination to claw his way back to Premier League football.