Mapou; “Here it is, I had to also consider other things, I had to think seriously as I did not want to leave and end up not getting sufficient playing time, I thought seriously about it and chose Newcastle”.
Gouffran: “The time had come. I already wanted to come last summer. Why Newcastle? I will be able to improve. Newcastle is a club that has always attracted me. I have friends here. I had spoken with Obertan and Cabaye, but there will be no French clique.”
Olivier Bernard; “At the moment people see Cabaye as the benchmark of the French talent because he is so popular, loved by everyone and only bought for something between three to five million, today he is worth nearer fifteen!”.
What a week; four new signings to go with the early January capture of Mathieu Debuchy. However, I get the feeling that a fair few fans have already got their feet up smoking a big fat cigar, celebrating Newcastle making any relegation worries past history.
I’ve openly criticised Ashley & Lambias and Pardew over the last 5 months but fair play to Ashley; he came to a decision, picked up the dice, went through his lucky shake routine and he’s now delivered a pool of players that adds significant quality to the squad
Yoan Gouffran; “I am really proud to have joined this fantastic Club nd the challenge of playing for one of the most famous teams in England, with all of its history and its famous support, is very exciting.”
There is also the President of Toulouse saying that he wants Sissoko to remember his nurturing club and stay with them until June and to accept an improve offer for him to stay until the end of the season rather than leave now.
I can’t help feeling that in addition to those players that we could do with 1 or 2 proven PREMIERSHIP performers; whether banging the goals in up front, or a rock at the back! There are not many players that we could realistically try for that fit those criteria and certainly wouldn’t come cheap.