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GABRIEL OBERTAN: “I WANT TO SHOW MY TRUE POTENTIAL HERE”

31 January 2017

Gabriel Obertan discusses his move to Wigan Athletic.

  • Former Manchester United and Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan on signing for Wigan Athletic.
  • Obertan says he’s ready for the challenge of the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Obertan: “I want to show my true potential here”
Wigan Athletic’s latest addition Gabriel Obertan says he is determined to prove his true potential at the DW Stadium after signing for the club on Transfer Deadline Day.

Obertan has returned to England following a spell with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala after previously playing for both Manchester United and Newcastle United.

Talking about his move with Latics PlayerHD, Obertan said:

“It’s great to be here. Warren Joyce called me and was a big part of my decision to join the club. I’m glad to be here and can’t wait to get started.

“I worked with Warren when we were together at Manchester United and he’s a coach who has always pushed me. I respect him a lot and hopefully I’ll repay him with my performances this season.

“Warren didn’t lie to me and he told me the situation the club were in. I’m up for it and hopefully we’ll move away from the bottom of the table.

“I played against some Championship teams in the FA Cup when I was at Manchester United and Newcastle, and it’s a tough league. The physical aspect of the game is really high but I’m ready for the challenge.”

Obertan arrives at the DW Stadium with Joyce not the only familiar face and with a knowledge of the club from his relationship with a popular former winger.

“I played with Ryan Tunnicliffe when I was at Manchester United and I know Nick Powell a little bit, but I left the club just as he was arriving really,” he explained. 

“I’ve played at the DW Stadium before with Newcastle and I know Charles N’Zogbia who used to play for Wigan, so I know a bit about the club.”

The former French youth international also believes he is a much-improved player from his previous spells in England, stating he has progressed his game.

“I wanted to come back to England to show my true potential,” he added. “All the ingredients for that to happen are here with the right coach and a young team.

“I’m a fast player and I’ve evolved my game slightly to get more shots away at goal. I’m still a tricky player but I’m straight to the point now. I want goals this season.”

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