Former Manchester United man is a 'top player', claims Newcastle star

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Steven Taylor has praised the impact of Gabriel Obertan at Newcastle United.

Obertan netted the goal that gave the Magpies their first victory of the Premier League season, with his 71st minute strike capping an impressive display.

The St James’ Park side had performed admirably this season, with just results going against them, but after a strong effort from every member of the playing team, they finally clinched three points - although they are yet to move out of the relegation places.

One man who was impressed with the Toon performance was central defender Steven Taylor, who made his first start of the Premier League season on Saturday. Speaking to Chronicle Live, the 28-year-old praised the work ethic displayed by his teammates, and was glad to see that the squad had not let their run of bad results affect them.

He said: “You hear about all the bad stuff that has been going on, we’ve just got to keep at it.

“The main thing is that as a team we stick together, the guys have got to go and do the business on the pitch. Today, we did that and we’ll send everyone home happy and they can enjoy their weekend.

“I’ve experienced that in the past, and you have to. If you let it affect you, you have no chance, you just have to get on with it. That’s part and parcel of being a Newcastle United player. You’re going to get this kind of criticism. It’s how you react from it.

“I thought everybody put the effort in today. The lads were fighting for every ball, chasing back, blocks at the end, it was a fully deserved three points. Hopefully now we can move on, we’ve given the gaffer a massive headache to pick his next side.”

Obertan received the highest praise from Taylor, with the former Manchester United winger labeled a ‘top quality player’ by the central defender. Having made just 14 appearances for the Red Devils in a two-year stay at Old Trafford, the 25-year-old completed a switch to Newcastle in 2011, going on to cement himself as a key part of Alan Pardew’s first-team set-up.

“If you speak to any of the squad members, they’ll all tell you that Gabby is a top quality player,” Taylor responded when asked about Obertan.

“He’s in there all the time, in the gym, working hard, his workrate has been spot on. JC and Stoney have kept on at him about his workrate but today that’s what we’ve seen, he was brilliant today.

"He’s a top player. He’s just not had the chances. You’ve got to wait for your chance, and the manager picks you. He’s done well when he’s been asked to play. He’s a top player and I think very highly of him, today’s performance shows that.”

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