Gabriel Obertan shows promising signs of things to come after impressing at Oakwell
Though it was against lower opposition, you have to be impressed by Gabriel Obertan’s performance yesterday at Oakwell. He has pace, a lot of it, and you could not question his other areas of his game such as his dribbling or his passing ability.
It was very impressive considering that he just come back from a long lay-off in the sidelines. But the question is whether the injury-prone winger can stay fit for most of the season. With many starting to lose faith in Nani, a player who is seen as ‘inconsistent’, it might be time for someone to step up, whether that is Obertan or maybe even Zoran Tosic.
Tosic did come on yesterday, and showed signs of his talent, but the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson left him out of his Champions League squad in favour of Obertan may suggest that the Serbian’s first full season will be largely reserve and Carling Cup games.
Judging by yesterday’s 2-0 win over Barnsley, Obertan should be pushing Nani very hard this season, and if he can stay fit this may happen. He impressed in a reserve game not long ago, showing some neat touches and deft flicks and displaying his ‘unknown’ talent in front of the manager.
Danny Welbeck was also impressive and was unfortunately subbed as he picked up a knock. His header in the 6th minute shows his all round talent as a forward, a tall, athletic player who can strike the ball as well as header it. He looked composed throughout the game, and his dribbling was particularly encouraging for a player who can also so play as a winger, though he is most affective up front.
Sir Alex had once tipped him to make England’s World Cup squad to South Africa, but though that is unlikely, he can definitely aim for the squad for 2014 and most probably 2018. Gabriel Obertan, can also set his sights for Brazil in 2014 with the France national squad as he has a lot of potential. Let’s hope he can continue to impress and maybe what United need after the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo…
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