Gabriel Obertan is mulling over leaving St James’ Park if he continues to struggle for game time.

The French winger has managed just 19 minutes of first-team football for the Magpies this season, with manager Alan Pardew opting to confine him to the bench on a regular basis.

Obertan’s short outing came in the Capital One Cup as the Toon rotated their squad.

With competition for a spot on the starting XI high, the 24-year-old’s opportunities are likely to remain limited.

The wide-man says that he is frustrated by his lack of game time and that he may have to leave the North East to get his career back on track:

“Everything is possible. I will see what’s going on until December and I’ll see what’s best for me and the club,” he told the Shields Gazette.

“I can’t obviously keep on being on the bench and not being involved. I’m feeling quite good physically and mentally at the moment.”

However, Obertan did go on to say that in the mean time he will continue to battle for a place in the team.

“It’s not easy to be on the bench and not come on, but it’s part and parcel of the job. I just have to keep waiting and working hard.

“It’s a test, mentally. You must keep on focusing on an opportunity because you never know when it will come. I’ll be ready for it.”

Obertan signed for Newcastle from Manchester United in 2011 for £3m.

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