68% pass accuracy, two key passes: Hit-and miss from Newcastle man

Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan returned to the club's starting line-up against Swansea City on Saturday.

Gabriel Obertan is the perfect example of a frustrating footballer.

He has pace to burn but he rarely uses it effectively.  He has a whole host of tricks in his hypothetical locker but most of the time he ends up bamboozling himself more than his opponents.  And as a result, he has rarely seen sustained game-time at Newcastle United.

But against Swansea City on Saturday, the Frenchman got his first start since March 2013, and subsequently laid on one of the Magpies' two goals dispatched by Papiss Cisse.

Obertan played two key passes during the game, although his only goal-scoring attempt failed to hit the target.  His passing accuracy was also a disappointing 68 per cent.

  Goal AssistKey PassTotal Scoring AttemptOn-target Scoring AttemptPassing AccuracyForward PassDribblesMins Played
Gabriel Obertan 1 2 1 0 68% 8 3 90

The Newcastle wide-man also played just eight forward passes and went on just three dribbles - a disappointing return when you consider he made his name as a lightening-quick winger.

And yet he still set up what could prove to be a vital goal for the Magpies, and for that he was extremely happy.

"In the modern game you see players scoring more and more," he told Newcastle's official website, "but for a winger like me, I get the same feeling giving an assist.  That makes me just as happy as scoring."

And yet there is still so much work for Obertan to do if he does finally want to become the consistently effective winger he was tipped to be in his early days in France.

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