Yoan Gouffran – This Lad Has Been Brilliant For Newcastle

He’s been a bit of a surprise package, and played three excellent games in the Newcastle United shirt, and on Saturday Yoan Gouffran scored a great goal and played very well indeed, before being stretchered off in the second half.

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Yoan Gouffran – after scoring great equalizer on Saturday

And Yoan has easily won our Man of the Match poll with a full 56% of the vote, and in a Brains Trust meeting with my son Neil over the weekend (well kind of), Neil thinks Yoan’s  played as well as any new player we signed in January – and that could be very close to the truth – over the full three games.

Yoan is a very good footballer, everybody can see that, and his speed and movement has helped transform Newcastle into a very good footballing side, and he tracks back all the time too and works his socks off for the side – what a great buy this lad has been for Newcastle (what – another one!).

And to be fair to Alan Pardew – since he got the reinforcements through the door, Newcastle have played some nice open football over the last three games, and two points a game average will see us safe enough at the end of the season – and in fact we’ll end up with 51 points at a two points per game average over the last 12 games of the season.

We wanted to give Yoan some acknowledgement and recognition for the three excellent games he’s played so far for Newcastle, and we are just hoping everything is OK with his shin injury.

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21 comments so far

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1


    He is a cracking player but because he wasn’t looked after I don’t know what the outcome might of been. My beef with this situation was we didn’t do are upmost to limit the lad. I wanted Tiote to man mark him personally, even if it was just for this game.

    As it stood, he took the p**s and won them the game. Far too much freedom on the ball.

    Nevermind though, there was positives too.

  • marco2662

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Absolutely amazing player, reminds me slightly of a thierry henry, only gouffran is great at tracking back and has seriously complimented santon since arriving.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3


    i think just like the man u game , but with a win 🙂

    for some reason,, pardew is not afriad of the big teams, only the 15 teams in the league,, he sends them out to defend and hold onto draws,, 🙁

    spurs where there for the taking, but as he likes to do, he sent them out with a more defensive attitude in the second half

    lets judge him against the poorer teams where we should be getting points,, not the big teams where its nice to take points,

    i think to many on here get all hyped up because we beat a good side, it means nothing if you dont win the games you should win

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    I thought Bale didn’t do a lot. Had a good first ten minutes until we settled, scored a good free kick then faded until the mistake gave him the goal.

    He then came into his own on the counter as we were pushing on.

    For large parts he wasn’t running the show.

  • toon1707

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Could not agree more i was very underwhelmed when we signed him for a million thought we probably had another Leon best or shola for that price could not even remember him playing for Bordeaux against us at st James so was not very impressed. I was wrong to doubt mr Carr as he looks a very good player reminds a bit of Craig Bellamy not going to be prolific but will cause teams a lot of problems

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6



    lots of good too come from the game for sure,, but we all new who there danger man was,, and we did nothing ,, i even think perch should have been man marking him, as if it was tiote, his rep would have gotting him booked, perch is a good hard tackler, fair,, bale would not like this

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7


    I don’t think we were defensive in the second half.

    Spurs just improved and we struggled to live with them. Our performance is not just dependent on us, it also depends on how well the opposition play and spurs are a better team and in better form, we just couldn’t quite handle them as well and they forced us back, we didn’t drop back.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Transfer Sage

    he never runs the show,, they just look for him as an outlet on the wing,,

    and for me, he had to many good chances

  • croftus5678

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    aye goofy my fave player now.

    i wish all these fans that are on pards back with he should have done this and that ! would actually say what he’s done right also !

    as i do not see fault.
    there is no way on earth i thought we would have a team like this or play the way we have over the last 3 games and get 6 points out of them.

    yes the fans had an excuse to moan we did not buy in the summer and are near relegation blablabla ! but now things have got a hell of a lot better and we still get the moaning and groaning that the world is coming to an end.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Catchy…Are Spurs not a big team then within the PL? I get what you’re saying on giving it to “lesser” opposition, but not sure Spurs would qualify for that. Out of the last 3 games, it”s only Villa that would be in that bracket and we won.

    Still, four upcoming games where you can maybe have an opportunity to judge Pardew as it’s apparently against lesser teams that we can truly judge our manager.

  • stretchintoon

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    we seriously need another top class striker because imo cisse is utter shite (im ready 4 the flak)he’s done nothing this season & his finishing is beyond poor.this guy cost us 10mill ffs,come on cisse prove me wrong,make me eat my words,in other words shape up or ship out!

  • G

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    I didn’t really rate Gouffran before we signed him, and to be honest I was oposed to us signing him, however, he hasn’t looked at all like the player he was in France, so he has made me eat my words so for, and to be honest, I’m delighted about it. I love it when I have to eat humble pie about a player in our team.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13


    Bale sometimes does run things, get license to come into the middle and roam and he does dominate teams…same way ronaldo does but to a lesser degree.

    I think most of his chances came when we were chasing the game, until he got the 2nd he was limited to only a few, as were spurs as a whole.

    Neither side had many good chances but we both played some nice football.

    I think it was a decent display, much better than the hoofball defeats of earlier in the season. We are heading in the right direction.

  • outsidethebox

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    for the first euro game paardieu imo has to put out strong side so he can rest majority for second leg before saints game…but still give certain players a needed start
    santon mbai collo hairdrier
    tiote cabaye
    marv sissoko cisse obertan

  • TorqToon

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Surprise package Ed??

    You clearly didn’t read my ‘scouting reports’ from the January transfer window ! 🙂

  • marco2662

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Transfer Sage @7

    gouffran was helping out loads while he was on the pitch. as soon as he was stretchered off. i noticed marveoux doing f@#k all defensively and cabaye was the man tracking back into a left back position at times to help defend. obviously with his position being a dm on saturday it was his duty. i just dont understand it, hes not the best defender, nor is santon for that matter. were still lacking a good LW, the way the game changed when Goofy came off was frightening.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #17



    Marvoux has played well for us but only in a central area. When wide I have been totally underwhelmed by him.

  • TorqToon

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Simmo – Yanga – Colo – Haidara
    Tiote – Bigi
    Marv – Sissoko – Gabby

    Bench – Krul, tayls, santon, Cabaye, Perch, Fergie

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Agree Transfer,

    This is exactly what Bale does, he chops and changes roams about down the wing, if he gets no joy he comes in and through the middle.

    He was limited first half because we had a brilliant spell during it. Sadly when Gouffran went off and our midfielders tired it was a knocking bet what was going to happen. Bale should of been man marked for me. He would of been limited. And the best person for that job is Tiote, although I know some don’t agree with that. He is one of the best readers of the game and breaking down play in the premier league. You got to het tour big players in for the big games, thats the way I see it.

  • veto

    Feb 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #20

    lets get him a france callup !! ,
    guys a real grafter with a good touch .


    Feb 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #21


    Eljero Elia could be the LW we need ! Not sure where he is at the moment but last i heard he was still the forgotten man at Juve !

    Also pissed-off because, he was,nt getting games and, as a consequence of that had lost his place in the Dutch National Team, plus he is really quick on the wing and can cross from the base-line too !


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