A bit like his efforts on the pitch in the last couple of years, Yoan Gouffran now appears to have thrown the towel in when it comes to his Newcastle United future.

Recent weeks have seem a number of clubs linked with the striker, turned winger, turned central midfielder…

Bournemouth have been mentioned, whilst the latest one this week has been Lille and a potential return to Ligue 1.

Today Gouffran has came out and said that he continues to work hard and wait for his chance but has also accepted that if he doesn’t play, he might have to leave in January.

The former Bordeaux player still has a year and a half of his contract left today and is one of a stockpile of players (Marveaux, Ferguson, Vuckic etc), who were given overly long contracts that have meant they are still on the club’s books but with no future at the club.

Steve McClaren veered away from repeating the disaster that was playing Gouffran in central midfield at Manchester City, though Anita and Colback did their best to put in an even worse display at Palace last weekend.

Whatever he does this coming weekend, it is hard to see Steve McClaren seeing Gouffran as the answer to any of his problems against Liverpool.

Yoan Gouffran:

“I need to be ready and to stay fit. I don’t know what is happening after.

“I’m here and I work hard.

“If I don’t play, maybe I am going to leave in January – I don’t know.”