Demba Ba left Newcastle on 4 January 2013 to go and sit on Chelsea’s bench, 19 days later Yoan Gouffran arrived at St James Park from Bordeaux.
A bizarre transfer window seeing Newcastle lose their best striker but failing to replace him, instead bringing in players in five other positions, all the signings arriving from Ligue 1.
Five years later and Demba Ba & Yoan Gouffran have teamed up.
After being released by Newcastle in the summer, Gouffran signed up at Goztepe in July 2017.
The 31 January 2018 saw Demba Ba also join the Turkish club as a free agent.
Yoan Gouffran had already made 17 league appearances before this last weekend, making 12 starts and 5 sub appearances but scoring no goals and struggling to make any real impact.
All that changed on Saturday though, as Demba Ba and Yoan Gouffran were paired together for the first time.
Ba had made one brief sub appearance on the 5 February but Saturday saw him start as the main striker, Gouffran playing just in behind.
It is early days and I know Turkish league football isn’t the best – but the early signs of the partnership are very promising.
Watching the highlights below, Gouffran got an assist (though his ‘pass’ could have been a shot…) for Ba’s opening goal in the 23rd minute.
Then 12 minutes later and the Frenchman scored an excellent headed goal of his own, Gouffran’s first for the Turkish club who now lie seventh in the table.
Osmanlispor came back and brought the score to 2-2 in the second-half, before a very clever cheeky Gouffran backheel looked to have put Goztepe back in front, watching these highlights it is a puzzle why it was disallowed.
Goztepe eventually taking a 3-2 lead late on, only for the visitors to grab a draw in the fifth minute of injury time.
The footage shows Demba Ba looking a class act still, aged 32 and recovered from that serious leg break that could have ended his career.
He looks in great shape considering this was his first competitive start since July 2016 when he got that horrific injury playing for Shanghai Shenhua against Shanghai SIPG.
Looks/sounds a canny atmosphere as well, though not sure why there is nobody behind the goal to the right.
In 12 days time, Goztepe are home to Sivasspor, which will mean Ba and Gouffran taking on Henri Saivet, who has been restricted to a couple of substitute appearances since moving on loan from Newcastle in January