Pardew admits that his £3m Newcastle buy lost his way

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says that Gabriel Obertan lost his way at St. James' Park.

Alan Pardew admits that Gabriel Obertan lost his way after making a blistering start at Newcastle United.

The pacey wide-man impressed during his initial spell at St. James' Park, but his form since has been rather disappointing.

Obertan was brought in from Manchester United back in 2011 for £3 million and Pardew says that a series of injuries has hampered his progress.

"Obertan has had a career which has been a little bit stop-start," he said to the club's official site. 

"He came here after Manchester United looking to really push on and he had a great spell for us, playing in the period where we had a ten-match unbeaten start in the season we finished fifth.

"But he's had injuries and lost his way a little bit. I think he is a player who plays on confidence and I'm trying to get him in a place where his confidence is high."

This season Obertan has begun to show the form which made him so highly regarded when he first came to the North-East.

The Frenchman has injected creativity and pace into the team and Pardew is hoping that he can keep his form up for the foreseeable future.

"I think he's been terrific, he needs to keep his confidence and keep believing in himself, and if he does that he is a real threat against any opposition," said Pardew.

"I think Gaby has had some games at home, in particular, where it's not gone well for him but when it does go well for him then he can make us look a different side.

"We are now hoping he's reached an age where he has more maturity, more confidence in his ability.

"I don't think anyone in our squad or our staff would question his ability because sometimes he can be absolutely breathtaking."

Obertan is likely to play a part for the Magpies as they take on Leicester City this weekend and he could be one of their more vital players.

The side are still hunting their first victory of the campaign and they will need all their attacking players to be on form if they are to beat the Foxes and alleviate some of the considerable pressure building on them. 

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