Yoan Gouffran has turned out to be a simply great signing for Newcastle, after we got him from Bordeaux in January for just £1.5M, since he only had six months left on his contract at the French club.
Yoan Gouffran after scoring that great first goal for Newcastle
And it seems he has just loved things at Newcastle since he signed on, and Yoan has been so consistent for Newcastle, that he’s a starter and is keeping more famous players out of the Newcastle starting line-up.
Yoan was interviewed on nufcTV after the game on Saturday, a fantastic 2-0 win over Chelsea, and he had to have an interpreter, as he spoke in his native French:
“It was magnificent. The fans made one hell of a noise.” “I really just wanted to go and slide. I hurt my knees a little bit and got some grass burns, but it was really nice and a wonderful feeling.”
“At the beginning of the match the manager told us we had to stay solid as a defensive unit – even the attackers had to make sure they stayed solid in our half.”
“In the second half Chelsea had to come forward, they needed to try to score and that’s when we were able to go forward and take our chances.”
“We were fantastic from the first minute until the very end. We were really solid defensively as a unit and we took our chances when we needed to, and it has given us a really good confidence-boost.”
“It’s really important to have got that win for the confidence, so we move forward on the basis of that.” “We have moved out of the negative mindset we had from losing a couple of matches and we are really going to go there with fresh legs.”
“We don’t have a midweek game and we will go there and do as well as we possibly can.”
One reason Alan Pardew has Yoan starting every game is this lad works his socks off for the side, and he tracks back and does a lot of work in every single game.
And of course he can score a goal or two, as he showed on Saturday, with a beautiful diving header from a superb free kick into the box by midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
And it’s hardly surprising that Yoan is already a big fan favorite on Tyneside.