We’re not sure exactly how much Yoan Gouffran cost Newcastle United last January, probably not even £2M, but he had a very good game last night and scored a terrific second half goal, after being set up by local lad Sammy Ameobi, who was our Man of the Match last night with 42% of the vote followed by Yoan with 24%.
Yoan Gouffran - pushing hard for starting place
Gouffran had this to say to nufc.co.uk after the game and he revealed his close friends with Gael Bigirimana:
“It was perhaps not the very best of my career but it was a really nice goal to score,” “It was great to finally score at St. James’ Park and more of a relief than anything.”
“Before tonight I had only scored away from home, so hopefully this frees me up and I can get a few more here from now on.” “The noise when I scored was fantastic. The suppport was magnificent, as it is every single week.”
“It was a great win and thankfully we didn’t fall into the trap of getting beaten by a team from a lower division. We performed well.” “We had to get back into a positive frame of mind and get back to winning straight away after losing against Hull at the weekend.”
“Keeping a clean sheet was a bonus as well, and this game has done everyone’s confidence a lot of good.” “I ran over to see Bigi (Gael Bigirimana),” “Bigi is someone I get on with really well. He always encourages me to shoot so I wanted to go to him and say thanks for believing in me.”
Well 19 year-old Bigirimana is some character at Newcastle, and we wonder if the up and coming midfielder will be sent out on loan this season to get first team experience – we hope so.
Yoan is fast becoming a fan favorite on Tyneside, and it was some goal last night, some class from the Frenchman, and it was a solid performance from the lads.
And with the fringe players now putting pressure on last Saturday’s starters, surely one or two of them will get into the side next Monday night at Goodison Park, after Newcastle were a lot better last night than on Saturday against Hull City – thankfully.
What do you think?
Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org