Newcastle United’s Obertan is relishing Bordeaux clash

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NEWCASTLE United’s Gabriel Obertan’s looking to kick-start his season – against the club where he started his professional career.

The winger is hoping to start against his former team Bordeaux at the Sports Direct Arena on Thursday night. Obertan turned professional as a teenager at the Stade Chaban Delmas, where he was scouted by Manchester United.

The 23-year-old – who joined Newcastle last year after two years at Old Trafford – is relishing the Europa League group game.

“It’s always a weird feeling to play against one of your old teams,” said Obertan. “As for Bordeaux, it has been a long time since I was there. I don’t really know what to expect, but it’ll be great to see the coaches and staff again.”

Obertan has yet to hit form this season, and he struggled to deliver a telling ball in his last start against Maritimo in Madeira.

Obertan knows he must hit form in Europe if he’s to earn a start in the Premier League.

“You have a chance to show the manager what you can do,” he said. “It’s also a chance to give game time to all the members of the squad who haven’t been involved in league games.”

“I want to play as much as I can, be efficient in my play, score goals and give assists.”