Yoan Gouffran is an experienced player, you can can tell that from the way he has immediately fitted into the Newcastle side and provides Newcastle with a lot more movement up front, and he has some speed too – as he showed when he set up Newcastle’s equalizer in the 68th minute, after he outrun the Chelsea defense, and his shot was only parried by goalkeeper Cech, and a certain Mr. Sissoko followed up and put the ball into the back of the net and it was 2-2.
Yoan Gouffran - in action on Saturday
Gouffran has been capped 22 times by the French U21 side with three goals, and although Moussa Sissoko has got most of the headlines over the last two games, this lad has put in two excellent performances for the Magpies, and if he keeps up his good form he could even earn a full cap for France in the future.
This is what Gouffran told the Shields Gazette today:
“I’ve not seen anything like this – never, not at all.” “To have those supporters behind us was unbelievable.” “To see a full St James’s Park, and have those fans behind us, was just magnificent. It was beyond belief.”
“When I came to this football club the gaffer told me the most important thing was to come out fighting – there’s no other way.” “I personally don’t believe that the team or the club deserves to be where we are in the table.”
“That’s what we as players remember. Most importantly, we must continue with the fight and show what playing for this football club means to the fans.” “We had belief from the start – that’s the most important thing,”
“We dominated the whole game. Although we fell behind, we quickly fought back in the second half. I believe overall we gave 100 per cent. and I am so happy we won.” “It was very important to come out fighting and show togetherness.”
“Our team has bonded. When you come from another league, you need to get in straight away. There’s no time to waste.” “Most importantly we have shown we can play together and we can improve.” “We can work hard, and that’s the most important thing.”
When Gouffran and Sissoko were given the nod to start by Alan Pardew at Aston Villa, we were a little surprised, but both players have shown they deserve their starting positions at Newcastle.
And to think we’ll have Cheick Tiote back for the Tottenham game, and Ben Arfa cannot be too far away from coming back from his hamstring injury – you talk about competition for places.
Howay The Lads!!
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