YoanGouffran02 (2)While Moussa Sissoko might have grabbed most of the headlines, one of his fellow January signings may prove to be at least as important, or who knows, possibly even more so in the future.

Following the Spurs match, Alan Pardew highlighted Yoan Gouffran’s enforced substitution as the turning point in the match and certainly we lost all momentum on that left hand side, with Marveaux unable to cope with Kyle Walker defensively and no attacking threat going forward as well.

Gouffran had a busy but unspectacular debut at Villa, then impressed against Chelsea and created the vital equaliser with a lung-bursting run from the halfway line.

Against Spurs the striker went up another notch as his clever link up play stood out and of course he scored his first goal after an excellent team move with the final assist by Moussa Sissoko.

In our man of the match poll we can now reveal that Gouffran ended up with a massive 51% of the fan vote, with Cabaye way back on 15%, Krul 11% and Taylor 8%.

Layout 1In a previous article on Gouffran When Second Choice Doesn\’t Always Mean Second Best At Newcastle I had the following to say about our January striking import;

‘However, while Remy is clearly somebody with a bigger reputation, it is interesting to see the stats which tell us that before this past weekend, only two players had scored more goals in France than Yoan Gouffran since the start of last season.

In that season and a half you had Gomis on 25, Aubameyang (who we were also linked with) on 24 and Gouffran third with 22.

Not bad, especially for a player who doesn’t always play as an out and out striker, as has been the case in his two games so far for Newcastle. However, that vital second goal against Chelsea showed once again that pace is vital in the Premier League as Gouffran’s electrifying burst from the halfway line meant nobody could catch him. Then his decent shot was blocked only for the maybe even quicker Moussa Sissoko to tap in after matching Gouffran’s run’.

The initial signs are that Gouffran could be that player Newcastle have been crying out for, a striker who looks just as comfortable playing out wide.

Thankfully the x-ray showed he hadn’t broken his leg and fingers crossed Gouffran is back on the pitch for Southampton and turns in another man of the match performance.

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14 comments
Philippines
Philippines

Young players coming in…. remember the Busby Babes?


Anyway, even if we do go down, the two most relaxing and enjoyable seasons I have experienced with the toon were when they were in the second division/Championship.


Is it only a game, or did Shankly have it right, "Its not a matter of life or death, its much more important than that". Keep smiling guys hope for the best. No state of misery lasts forever.


magpiefifer
magpiefifer

Not enough defenders - I wonder why!? Oh,we let 3 go in January without replacements - and Carver was happy about that apparently - shambolic!!!

Tony_Slater
Tony_Slater

Hey, shall i bring my Shirt on saturday? sounds like i have as much chance of a game!!!!

Heaton Mick
Heaton Mick

“I would consider Mike Williamson for the last game of the season because I have to, he is a professional footballer for this club."

The clown comes out with this sort of rubbish and then wonders why the players might not want him to be manager.

Pardew was nearly as bad as tactics, but at least he seemed to have the players on his side!

geordieminer
geordieminer

Best form of defence. ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK. Just a pity we dont have the skills to ATTACK. So it looks like 3 points for WBA.

williamjames837
williamjames837

Ha, carvers quote “I would consider Mike Williamson for the last game of the season because I have to, he is a professional footballer for this club." and the first game for next season because we all know they won't/can't bring anyone else in but cr*p nobody else wants R.I.P N.U.F.C.

Brian Standen
Brian Standen

I will have a day off the beer, stick me at centre half, I am rotund enough to ensure any attackers would have to go round the M25 before getting into the penalty area! ,

Brian Standen
Brian Standen

Size 9 please and XXL Shirt, and very elasticated shorts! Mind unless I get a shirt with a blue star on I will take the huff, can't be arsed with the Wonga tat

King of Zamunda
King of Zamunda

I hate to state the obvious JC but why not give actual defenders a chance, Satka and Sterry? where is Curtis Good? is he injured, I would rather any of these as appose to Williamson anyway. Playing Rtaylor because he is a first team reg means nothing if he cant get the job done, not having a defensive mind.

anita at RB maybe, worse case, play 3 at the back and overload the midfield. PLAY ABEID!!!!

my team against WB

Krul

Colo Sakta Sterry

Abeid Colback

Sissoko Anita Cabella

Ayoze Armstrong

yes I agree Jonas and Taylor are more experienced but guess what? that isnt working, at least with the above we have a slight attacking mentallity with the chance to at least score a goal.

De Jong is still not 100% so use him if we need to in the 2nd half.

AndrewCowley1
AndrewCowley1

Couldn't agree more the young guys should've had a crack months ago

Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly

what a time to play hide n seek when the club is in a mess. Tut tut tut

pgakev
pgakev

I do not f***ing care anymore. As a fan i want my team to get me off my seat. This team has done that! However, I have got off my seat and f***ing walked out. That is not what I meant!!!