GABRIEL Obertan still has a future at Newcastle United, according to manager Alan Pardew.
The winger’s cross led to the own goal from Gillingham’s John Egan which put Pardew’s side into the Capital One Cup’s third round last night.
Obertan’s days at St James’s Park looked to be numbered late last season.
And Pardew admitted in the summer that the 25-year-old might have to leave in search of first-team football.
But Obertan remains a United player with just five days of the transfer window left.
And the former Manchester United player - whose wreaked havoc with his pace at the Priestfield Stadium - could have a role to play in the cups and Premier League this season.
“Gabby has been very good pre-season,” Pardew said. “It’s a bit like when we finished fifth and he started those 10 games - if I can keep him, and his confidence levels, where they are now, he can win back the crowd.
“Sometimes at our ground, it’s difficult for him.
“He had a little bit more freedom, and I thought he showed some qualities.”