Yoan Gouffran Fit And Raring To Go Tomorrow


It’s a pity that Yoan Gouffran is not eligible to play for Newcastle in the Europa league this season, because he has already played for Bordeaux in the tournament this season, and in fact he played against Newcastle.

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Yoan Gouffran – after scoring against Spurs – yes!

And Yoan now look totally recovered from the nasty gash and bruising he picked up on his shin two weeks ago at White hart Lane and he will start tomorrow for Newcastle in the home league game against Southampton tomorrow.

The 26-year-old Frenchman scored his first ever goal for Newcastle against Spurs and we’ll be hoping for more tomorrow – since we badly need a league win.

Yoan has been playing out wide on the left,  but he can also play up front with Cisse as an out-and-out striker if required,  and his speed, skill and movement make him a threat to any opposing defense.

This is what Yoan Gouffran told the Shields Gazette today:

“I bring a lot of speed and pace, and I like to score a lot of goals.” “I can bring aggressive mentality that we need to get ourselves into a much better position.” “I can play a central position.”

“If I’m needed to help there, I can do that.” “It’s difficult to talk about success – but why not in the future go on and try to do something in the cups – or in a trophy.” “It would be fantastic for the team and the club. We play football to win things.”

It’s difficult to know what side Newcastle may start tomorrow – but here’s a shot:

Elliot
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Santon
Gouffran Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez

 Sissoko
Cisse

What would your team for tomorrow be?

There’s 7 changes to the side that started on Thursday night – so it just goes to show how strong Newcastle’s squad is these days – and maybe three new players in the summer – and we can mount a challenge for the top four next season.

It seems very possible to us – if we can stay up this season. 😀

What do you think?

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93 comments so far

  • Number9

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1

    I like Gouffran, he works hard and links up well with Santon on the left hand side. He also seems to win the ball back a lot.

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  • kevymartins

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Timmy injured where have I been lol

    But on the mbiwa thing I think saylor has been a complete beast at the back no point fixing something that aint broke

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #3

    My choice for tomorrow against the Saints:

    Elliot

    Debuchy Taylor Mbiwa Santon

    Anita Cabaye

    Sissoko Goeffron Marvaux

    Cisse

    Reckon we would have a good chance with this team? Might be an idea to give Hatem a run out mid way second half ?

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  • do the hatem shake

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #4

    last post he deserves a start if you ask me hes made some world class tackles and reads the game well

    as for gouffran probs the surprise signing for us been great so far and seems like a good lad.

    for the team tomorrow i think ed got it spot on apart from jonas but we all no he will start

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  • Graeme

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, I think that the chances of us now being relegated are very remote indeed. The team has been substantially strengthened, probably beyond Pardeaux wildest dreams.

    We need to go out and let the quality and skill we undoubtedly now have, shine through. This team, if the season started today, has Top 8 stamped all over it. We should be all over the Saints, like a bad rash, taking all three points and scoring 3 goals in the process.

    Sometimes, there is nothing to fear, but fear itself!!!

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  • kevymartins

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #6

    But on the other hand ive really changed my thought about colo yes he is excellent at game reading etc but 1 thing you need at top flight premier league football is abit of pace .As they say the nail that sticks out gets hammered .Its just a matter of time before colo gets swaped out for mbiwa who is clearly his replacment its to soon now but he will eventually fade out of the picture.

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  • hugotoon

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Why dont we play him in his preferred position? Cisse not on form, Gouffran sharp and raring to go. Bench Cisse, bring him on at about 70 minutes and tell him he needs to put in a performance or he will stay on the bench. Sunday should be 4-2-3-1

    Debuchy Taylor Colo Santon
    Tiote Cabaye
    Jonas (Defensively very important) Sissoko Marveux
    Gouffran

    Also think that Mwia deserves to start but Colo is undropable in Pardews eyes as Captain and also wanting to keep him at the club and Taylor is on form.

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  • morocco0015

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #8

    the only way we will progress is if we play our strongest line up whenever its available. As stated in previous threads M’biwa is our best central defender and must play at the cost of Colo or Saylor. He is a colossus and has more speed and awareness than either.

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  • SpaceGhost

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #9

    My team for Sunday. Btw I dont think Krul is really injured. Pardew the wily Silver Fox is at it again. Just like he tricked the opposition early this season by saying Ben Arfa is not fit but end up starting the game. We won the game didn’t we?

    EXPECTATION

    Krul
    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Haidara
    Cabaye Tiote
    Jonas Sissoko Santon
    Gouffran

    REALITY

    Krul
    Debuchy Saylor Colo Santon
    Cabaye Tiote
    Gouffran Sissoko Jonas
    Cisse

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #10

    A lot of people including me were sleeping on this lad, but he has been one of our best signings

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  • robin

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Surely pompous Pardew, now realises the two Argentinians are finished Jonas, came on and never touched the ball, in fact it was after he came on that Metalist started to attack us. So he needs to bench Jonas,Colocini and lose Simpson and Marveaux.

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    I think it is now time to introduce Mbiwa to the first team. It is only natural that the lad will get frustrated because let’s face it, he is possibly one of our best defenders. I love Collo to bits and he is a world class defender but i now believe it is time to start phasing the lad out and bringing in Mbiwa. Collo is off at the end of the season more then likely and the longer Mbiwa stays on the bench the more frustrated the lad will become. We know that Collo is unsettled so it stands to reason that we do not want to unsettle another top quality player in Mbiwa.

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  • Shot Bru

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #13

    play Mbiwa and Taylor together and push Colo into a DM position.

    Colo in my opinion would be more effective than Tiote …reads the game better….superior distribution..and doesn’t have to rely on pace and aerial ability.

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  • bob52

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Space ghost you got the team just about perfect first time on your expectation although I would prefer Marveaux for Jonas, Santon further forward makes great sense.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #15

    the only way colo will or should be hased out beofre the end of the season is if he gets injured. He is still the club captain, one of the most consistent performers in a less than glamorous role, and is still a professional and committed Toon player. Mbiwa may well be brought in but likely as Saylors stand-in or rotation while the EL continues. Next season will be his time. All these teams being posted without Colo are a waste of time at the moment, sorry but thats the reality.

    On the subject of CB’s did Pardew really refer to Williamson as ‘the other guy’ during an interview? My word that sounds demoralising. 🙁 How will Mike feel if we are hit by injuries and he is asked to stand in again?

    Can’t wait to see Gouffran giving the stains a hard time tomorrow. At last we have a wily wide man who has the brains to move into space and create his own show. I believe Cisse will benefit from him being on the pitch no end. Cisse is getting slagged for not being on form, although he has been scoring goals lately. He is not getting the timely service he needs, so hopefully HBA and Gouffran will rectify that.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Robin. Troll or mackem? Who knows, but one thing is for certain he knows nowt about footy.

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  • chris_g

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #17

    robin // Feb 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM says:
    …..the two Argentinians are finished Jonas, came on and never touched the ball

    WRONG
    Jonas had several touches of the ball after he came on, with a 100% pass success rate

    You really should check your facts before making stupid comments like that
    http://www.whoscored.com/Matches/684998/LiveStatistics/Europe-UEFA-Europa-League-2012-2013-Metalist-Kharkiv-Newcastle-United

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #18

    no problems with elliot starting after a shaky first couple of performances since then he has been absolute class, even i dare say up to the same standard as krul

    with regards to a takeover, i cant be the only one who thinks this is terrible timing, we have just started getting somewhere, we have stability and the long term future of the club looks very bright indeed.

    take away ashley and pardews job is no longer as secure,and llambias for all his stick is a very astute businessman

    for what its worth i dont want to see anything in the team change, as although i feel pardew is maybe not the best manager to take us to the absolute highest level i have come to realise he is the best we can realistically have at the moment, and the stability of his contract is paramount

    anyway,my team for tomorrow

    elliot
    debuchy taylor mbiwa santon
    tiote cabaye sissoko
    obertan cisse gouffran

    obertan as we may need the pace on the counter attack, cant see many teams stopping him gouffran sissoko

    colo left out as he played against metalist and he is less likely to recover as quickly as mapou

    my only reservation with having 3 top quality cbs is that cb pairings are built on partnerships and you dont get that with this kind of rotation

    anyway sorry for bit of an essay

    HWTL!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #19

    So we would drop the captain and the vice captain…. anyone told Pards this idea yet? 🙂

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  • AmeobiTheMackemSlayer

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Elliot

    Debuchy Yanga-M’Biwa Coloccini Santon

    Anita Cabaye

    Gouffran Sissoko Marveaux

    Cissé

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #21

    I would be more inclined to ‘rest’ santon and put haidara in there. Only one game and he seems to display more defending intelligence than our Italian. If Mbiwa is to sub anyone that wouldnt take it personally, I would suggest Saylor, but he will be injured soon anyway.

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  • AmeobiTheMackemSlayer

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Bench: Alnwick, S. Taylor, Bigirimana, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Haidara, Tiote

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  • AmeobiTheMackemSlayer

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Also, when is Campbell going to get a chance?

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  • morocco0015

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Alan, sorry pal but Obertan has no chance or should have no chance of being in our starting line up . The guy has had chance after chance and never stepped up to the plate, he is like a headless chicken running or should i say trotting into blind corners.Like Shola he could be used in the last phases of games and should be off loaded in the summer.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #25

    I dont think campbell is good enough, hopefully thats a yet. He doesn’t even make the bench so that tells you something.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Moroccan Obertan has only played for a full 90 mins once in the PL this season. He got 2 assists that game.

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #27

    it’s pretty obvious on Campbell…he’s far too lightweight at present to handle the premier league…particularly the fact we’re in a battle.

    Wish people would stop banging on about him, Pardew watches him regularly enough to decide when he can come into the team.

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #28

    “Moroccan Obertan”….is that referring to Assaidi? If so, he is a far bigger prospect than Obertan; and the two cannot be compared.

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  • Shot Bru

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Alan not a clue….i am all for a takeover by super rich owners…

    Why settle for mediocrity in the likes of Pardew and Ashley

    Ashley has done his job…..turned around a business that was in dire straits and made it into a viable prospect….Ashley is just another chapter in NUFC history

    Time to move on and join the big guns…..it’s been a long time coming!

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Why on earth have sky picked Fulham v Stoke as their early kick-off? It’s a shite game, lacking real quality between two teams with nothing to play for.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Toonlyf. No I was replying to a post from Moroccan.

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #32

    oh, sorry mate.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Toonlyf, not saying Ober would be in my starting 11 but he has improved this season. Just get bored with pointless slagging off of players for no good reason.

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  • SpaceGhost

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #34

    bob52

    Marveux would have been in the line up if he didn’t play the entire 90 min in Ukraine.

    Tsunki

    Agree with you mate. If Colo is not injured, he will start every game. Pardew man management skills at work especially after their ‘friendly disagreement’ this season. Next season Mbiwa will rise to be one of the finest defender in world football. The way he handled Cristaldo arm swaying tactics & temperament, was just brilliant.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Ketsys bf is on ssn! They’re doing a feature on Paul Scharner.

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #36

    what a goal by Berbatov….there’s the moment of quality this game has been crying out for, supplied by the only player capable of doing so on the pitch.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #37

    LYF….Beautifully taken shot. Can be a bit good can’t he?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Markaccus – you know I was just about to say where’s ketsy these days ha ha blow me down if theres not a Scharnfest! 😀

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #39

    he’s superb at times, but he’s anonymous at times also. I heard he supports the toon aswell, due to his love for Alan Shearer as a boy…

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  • Jonas's better than Messi

    Feb 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Obertan has come on. He still hasn’t played many competitive games. That’s the problem.

    More games = better decision making.

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