Yoan Gouffran has been a great signing for Newcastle from Bordeaux last January, and he is now a regular is the first team, and keeping a number of star players on the bench at Newcastle, such as fellow Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa and Senegal striker Papiss Cisse.
Yoan Gouffran – while at Bordeaux
Yoan played against is in the Europa League last season, and maybe that’s when Newcastle first became interested in him, especially when they realized his contract would run out at the French club last June.
While at Bordeaux, whom he joined from Caen in 2008, he played 178 times with 40 goals, and so far he has played 32 times for Newcastle with eight goals – and that’s about the same strike rate he had in France - about one goal in every four games – not too bad at all.
The former French U21 International has talked to the local press today:
“We have to work, stay positive and look forward,” “It’s good for us. We play quickly against Manchester United. We have to focus for this game and look forward.”
“It’s an important game for us,” “We go to Manchester United to get something.” “We have no fear about the game. We played very well against Chelsea and Tottenham.
“It’s a big team. We have shown we have a good team too.”
Yoan is always positive, which is always the best way to be (given the alternative), just as long as you remain realistic – and I’ve never met successful people who have a negative outlook on things.
Maybe Yoan can get his 9th goal of the season today at Old Trafford, where Newcastle need some result to make up for the huge disappointment at the Liberty Stadium last Wednesday night.
What do you think?
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