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Pardew's confidence in Obertan

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that Gabriel Obertan remains an important part of his team.

The French winger has been linked with a move away from St James' Park after being relegated to the status of a squad player for the past couple of seasons.

The 25-year-old former Manchester United player's performances have also attracted jeers from sections of the Newcastle fans.

However, Pardew insists that Obertan will come good and has faith in his abilities to play an important role in the Magpies' 2014/15 campaign.

"Sometimes at our ground it's difficult for him, he has to play well at home," he told the Chronicle.

"He had a little bit more freedom at Gillingham (in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday) and I thought he showed some qualities.

"I think Gabby has been very good pre-season.It's a bit like when we finished fifth when he started those first 10 games.

"If I can keep him where he is now, his confidence levels, he can win back the crowd."