Is Yoan Gouffran the new Terry McDermott?
I have to ask the question; is Yoan Gouffran the new Terry McDermott?
He obviously hasn’t got the hairstyle…or even the hair.
There’s no sign of the surging runs from midfield that brought goals to both he and his teammates.
So what is the link between Terry Mac and Newcastle United current No.11?
Well, Terry McDermott had quite a remarkable record at St.James’ Park once he packed in playing.
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Arriving in 1992 as a coach (‘buffer’) with Kevin Keegan, Terry Mac then stayed and worked under Kenny Dalglish.
Ruud Gullit decided he didn’t want him but he returned under Graeme Souness, stayed under Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce, then finally Kevin Keegan the second time (2nd time for KK as manager).
This led to the joke that if there was ever a nuclear holocaust you’d like to be standing next to Terry McDermott because of his ability to survive no matter what.
So back to Yoan Gouffran.
The French midfielder/attacker has been abysmal all year and yet Alan Pardew finds it almost impossible to leave him out.
In the twenty seven Premier League matches Gouffran has started this (calendar) year, Newcastle have won only seven of them.
The recent run of six wins in a row saw the Frenchman start only two of them, the victories over Spurs and Leicester. Even then he made almost zero contribution and even Alan Pardew felt he had no option but to leave him out.
Never fear though, the first chance Pardew had and he brought Gouffran back into the team at West Ham, dropping Remy Cabella to accommodate him, despite Cabella seemingly growing in confidence and the previous match seeing him play in the win against QPR.
Gouffran was totally anonymous against the Hammers and then repeated this last night, one of the few times I noticed him was when he jumped over the ball for the goal. Credit to him for that but this isn’t enough to justify his place in the team.
The Terry Mac joke is funny but this Yoan Gouffran one isn’t.
If Alan Pardew continues to play him then it handicaps the team and guarantees a more negative outlook.
It appears now that the Newcastle manager sees it as playing either Remy Cabella or Gouffran and surely we have to go with some flair and see if Cabella can grow into our club and this league.
Sticking with Gouffran is just a major indicator that we are going to try and struggle through matches and attempt to survive – not something surely any of us want to see.
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