Newcastle United: Gabriel Obertan glad to end spell on sidelines

Gabriel Obertan
Obertan has already matched his appearance record for last season this term

French winger Gabriel Obertan says he is happy to be back involved in the Newcastle United side after a difficult 12 months at St James' Park.

The 25-year-old made 49 appearances in his first two seasons after moving from Manchester United in August 2011.

But the France international made just five first-team appearances last season, a total he has already matched in the current campaign.

"I'm turning things around," Obertan told BBC Newcastle.

"It gets to you, especially when it's the first time it really happens and you feel left out.

Newcastle winger Gabriel Obertan
"I'm still at a great club, I'm still working hard and I'm still trying to make a name for myself."

"You start doubting but then you take a minute to breathe and realise it could be a lot worse.

"I'm still at a great club, I'm still working hard and I'm still trying to make a name for myself."

Having come through the system at French football academy Clairefontaine before playing at Bordeaux and Manchester United, Obertan said he has a strong self-belief that has helped him though his spell on the Magpies fringes.

"If people doubt you, that's their problem," he added.

"As long as you believe you can do it, and you know what you did and you can do it again, it will go your way at some point if you work hard."

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