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Gouffran Gets 9 Out Of 10 – Why?

8 years ago
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I have now seen enough of Yoan Gouffran to know he isn’t a world beater but is a busy player who if given the opportunity can get in and around the box and score some goals.

Yesterday was his tenth start for Newcastle and his second goal, which in our current squad equates to almost prolific!

This is what Gouffran had to say to the official club website after the match against West Brom;

“Of course I am happy to have scored but I’d really have liked to have won the game.

The first half was very very good, it reminded me of our game against Aston Villa, my debut, when we played very well.

We did very good in the first half on a lot of occasions and we scored a goal.

We had a lot of pressure but unfortunately in the second half they scored early so it was a different picture.”

As i say I don’t think he’s a world beater but especially with Cabaye playing deeper, Gouffran is our second (only other?) most likely to score after Papiss Cisse.

The French striker has a goalscoring pedigree that you can’t say about any of our other players, with the aforementioned Cabaye and Ben Arfa probably next best.

However, in Gouffran’s ten starts he has bizarrely been substituted in nine of them, only the defeat at Swansea saw him last the full match.

Despite scoring a very good goal against West Brom, yet again he was dragged off with the impotent Shola coming on.

Gouffran might not be ‘the’ answer but surely he’s a better bet to stay on the pitch than many others.

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