Newcastle were going to try to sign both Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko this summer, when they became free agents, but because of our position in the league table in January – Mike Ashley, to his credit, brought the two lads in during January, even though they cost us a fee at that time.
Yoan Gouffran scores at West Brom in 1-1 draw
The Newcastle owner didn’t really get much credit for that, and both players scored three goals for Newcastle – Yoan in 15 appearances and Moussa in 18 appearances.
Moussa got us victory and an extra two points in the 2-1 win at Aston Villa on his debut, and his sensational second half goals after we had gone 2-1 down to Chelsea, got us an extra three points.
So Moussa got us an extra 5 points, and Yoan’s goal at West Brom got us a point and his great goal at QPR got us an extra two points in the 2-1 win, so Yoan got us an extra 3 points with those goals.
So in retrospect, it was worthwhile bringing both players in, because their goals got us an extra 8 points – and that saved us.
Yoan Gouffran has talked to the local press today and this is what he said:
“What we really want is to make sure we start next season a lot better.” “We want to come out of the blocks well – we know what we have to do.”
“We have a great team and wonderful players.” “The manager took some time to talk to us after the QPR match.” “I was glad my goal made us safe in the Premier League.”
“We were all happy after the QPR result. I am really happy at Newcastle.”
Gouffran could be the surprise player of the five Frenchmen brought in during January, and his speed and movement causes opposing defenses all kinds of trouble, and he can score goals too.
He looks a great acquisition for Newcastle, and along with Moussa Sissoko, their six goals helped save Newcastle from what would have been an absolutely catastrophic relegation – but we live to fight another day – that’s the good news.
But as Yoan says – we have to do better next season.
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