GABRIEL Obertan’s vowed to be patient as he waits for his chance at Newcastle United – despite his keenness to play regular football.
Obertan, signed from Manchester United two years ago, missed the start of the season with a hamstring problem.
But the 24-year-old winger is now fully fit – and patiently waiting for an opportunity.
Obertan has made just one substitute’s appearance for the club this season.
He came off the bench late in Newcastle’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Leeds United, and came close to adding to the scoreline.
“I’m feeling good physically and mentally at the moment,” Obertan told the Gazette.
“I’m quite confident. It’s not easy to be on the bench and not come on, but it’s part and parcel of the job.
“I just have to keep waiting and working hard.
“It’s a test, mentally. You must keep on focusing on an opportunity, because you never know when it will come. I’ll be ready for it.”
Obertan was linked with a move away from St James’s Park on loan in the summer.
But United manager Alan Pardew feels the former France Under-21 international’s pace is a “real asset” to the club, especially when a game has become stretched.
And Obertan remains part of Pardew’s plans.
However, the former Bordeaux player will assess his situation at the turn of the year if he remains on the fringes at Newcastle.
Asked if he would consider a loan, Obertan said: “Everything is possible.
“I will see what’s going on until December, and I’ll see what’s best for me and the club.
“I can’t obviously keep on being on the bench and not being involved. I’ll see what’s best for the club and me.
“But if I get a chance, I will do what I did against Leeds. If the occasion shows up, I’ll be there.”
Speaking last month, Pardew maintained that Obertan was an important member of his squad.
“At times, Gabby has come in for a bit of stick here, but he’s desperate to do well,” he said.
“His pace is still a real asset to us – especially when we take the lead. He can come off the bench and stretch teams.”
Obertan could be given another opportunity in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, with Manchester City the club’s opponents.
However, he is only focused on United’s next game, the home fixture against Liverpool on October 19.
“That could be a target, but there’s Liverpool before that, “ added Obertan.
“They are in great form, and it’s going to really hard game. We have to focus on that.”
Obertan played 90 minutes for Newcastle’s Under-21s in Monday night’s 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers.
He set up Adam Campbell’s equaliser with a strong run and pullback, and had a late chance himself to take all three points at Whitley Park.
“It had been a while since I played against Leeds,” said Obertan. “It’s good to keep the spirit and confidence up.
“It’s not the same level as the Premier League, but it was good to get 90 minutes.
“It’s good to make an impact, whether it’s with an assist or a goal. It was hard to get into the game, but I think we did pretty good in the second half.”