Yoan Gouffran played very well when he came into the club in January, and of the five Frenchmen to arriveat that time, it could be argued that Yoan showed the most consistent form through the end of the season.
Yoan Gouffran – in action this season
This season, the thing we remember about Yoan is he missed that absolute sitter two minutes into injury time against West Ham, when Sammy Ameobi’s great left wing cross come shot hit the upright, and the ball came to Yoan about a yard out in the middle of the goal, but somehow Yoan lobbed the ball over the bar.
You know even I could have even put that one in – well maybe not.
And then last Saturday the Frenchman missed a very good opportunity with a header that was set late ion the game by – who else – Hatem Ben Arfa.
But Yoan is a good player and he played very well last season, and we love the lad’s attitude, and he’ll do well for us this season.
And it seems that Alan Pardew is a big fan too, as he said this to the local papers:
“I think he’s like Peter Lovenkrands in that he’ll give you absolutely everything.” “He’ll run all day and night for the team. His attitude is fantastic.”
“I think our supporters appreciate those type of players. So it’ll be interesting to see he does this year.” “Gouffran, we felt, really pushed on when he got in the team last season,”
“It will be interesting to see how he does this season.” “He is a really terrific lad, a wholehearted player, and someone our fans do already appreciate.”
Yoan is already well liked by Newcastle fans, because he’s simply a good lad who was ecstatic when he joined Newcastle in January.
And Peter Lovenkrands was a good player for Newcastle when he signed from Schalke 04 in January of 2009 on a free transfer when Joe Kinnear was the manager, and he had a good goal scoring record of 29 goals in 84 appearances for the Magpies
Peter is now with Lee Clark at Birmingham City, where Shane Ferguson is spending a season on loan.
Both Yoan Gouffran’s signing and Moussa Sissoko’s signings were brought forward to January to help in our relegation struggle, as the initial plan was to bring them in as free agents this summer.
It does seem that Newcastle’s big weakness this season will be putting the ball in the back of the net, but the acquisition of Loic Remy will definitely help in that regard.
But since we didn’t bring in a second striker this summer, it’s up to players like Gouffran, Ben Arfa and the Ameobi brothers, to chip in with some extra goals if we are to have a successful season.
We look forward to Yoan scoring a good few goals for us this season, and he’s likely to see a lot of appearances for the side, as he does have that goal scoring knack, just like Peter Lovenkrands had when he was the club.
What do you think?
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