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Has this Newcastle winger received unfair 'stick' from the fans?

Alan Pardew is relying on Gabriel Obertan's pace to cause the opposition problems.

The Frenchman, who was sold by Sir Alex Ferguson to the Tyneside club in 2011, has struggled to establish himself as a first team regular at Newcastle.

Obertan made his first appearance of the season coming off the bench against Leeds United on Wednesday, and Pardew feels the the former France Under-21 international gives him a different option.

"At times Gabby has come in for a bit of stick here. But his pace is still a real asset to us – especially when we take the lead.

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"He can come off the bench and stretch teams. He came off the bench against Leeds, and could have had a couple of goals."

A loan move to Nottingham Forest fell through in the summer, and Pardew has assured the former Bordeaux man that he will get more playing time at the Toon. 

"Gabby’s desperate to do well here. It was nice to have that option against Leeds."

Obertan, 24, is hoping to add to his goals tally on Tyneside, having netted just twice in 37 appearances.

Where does Obertan fit in at Newcastle? Has he come in for unfair stick from the fans?

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