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Obertan Is No Henry But No Bellion Either

Obertan Is No Henry But No Bellion Either

Gabriel Obertan wasn't as impressive against Blackburn as he was at Barsnley on his debut; indeed, the two glorious chances he spurned made him vulnerable for some dressing room wind-ups, as Michael Carrick has already warned him.

But while the 20-year-old did not take the game by storm it would be unfair to focus on the negatives as again he demonstrated that he's got plenty to offer. He looks very raw and needs a lot of work and experience but he is a genuine talent.

Obviously, the early comparisons to Thierry Henry were premature to say the least: he'll probably never be such an influential player like Henry was for the gooners. But he's no David Bellion either: he's much more skilled and he's braver, with a knack for exploiting space that Bellion never had.

He was much more effective in his passing and much more direct than Nani who was infuriating again and somewhat sadly I think the Frenchman has a better chance of having a significant impact on this season than the Portuguese who was supposed to be a huge talent... which he is but it looks like he'll never make the most of it.

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Date:Monday November 2 2009
Time: 4:55PM


That was a Bobby Zamora-esque miss!
02/11/2009 17:31:00
Its still very early to pass a verdict on him but surely he does have the raw material and if he takes the right advice and has the will to learn,then he can be a very good addition to our team.
Antriksh (abmtd)
02/11/2009 18:26:00
The lad has just come back after 6 to 8 weeks and suddenly there is so much pressure,its just not fair on him,give him time please!!!
Antriksh (abmtd)
02/11/2009 18:34:00
Even if he doesn't become an Henry anything close to it isn't bad. I reckon Nani will end up being a Forlan case a soon as he moves away from us he will become one of the best in his position although i do like Nani and think we are pretty critical of him. He' young and still learning not every player develops at the same rate.
One United 92
02/11/2009 20:12:00
Don't know if he's an Henry, a Bellion or somewhere in between, but what I do know is he ain't no looker!
03/11/2009 16:35:00
He looks a very good player, reminds me of Henry a bit. Needs way more confidence and a ****ish personality to emulate the great man though
03/11/2009 22:36:00
WHY OH WHY DOES NANI GET A START AHEAD OF HIM?? I don't care if he's 20% fit or the fact that he's new to the English game but he's shown me more than Nani has in 2 ,3 years!
04/11/2009 01:12:00
After last night's performance I suspect fergie will send Nani to the firing squad very shortly. Obertan does look a good prospect, but you can't expect a player of his age to come in and have an instant impact, and I'm sure fergie will use him sparingly at first.
04/11/2009 10:07:00
I thought obertan was one of our best last night against CSKA. Very influencial and positive. Great moves and dribling, as well as perception.
04/11/2009 11:43:00
He played very well can't wait to see more from him. He added something more to the left side than what Nani could but i do still have alot of faith in Nani.
One United 92
04/11/2009 17:13:00
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