There are a number of Championship clubs only too willing to offer Yoan Gouffran an opportunity to go out on loan during the emergency loan window, and it seems that the experienced Yoan and Mike Williamson will be in the most demand when the window opens tomorrow.
Yoan Gouffran in action against Northampton in League Cup
Gouffran played a lot and was a favorite of Alan Pardew’s, because of a couple of things – his versatility and his willingness to work hard and track back for the team.
The 29 year-old Frenchman could certainly do a job for a Championship club, and it’s expected that Hull City and Nottingham Forest are the two clubs most likely to try to get him on loan.
Mike Williamson has been at Newcastle for over five and a half years now, and he has come under some criticism from Newcastle fans recently because of his poor form earlier this year under John Carver.
But Mike is a good professional, and we’ve found in the past when he looks to be down and out at Newcastle he usually comes back with some good performances.
If a good Championship club picks him up in this window, he could certainly do a good job for them, and with his contract running out next summer, he will be looking for a new club.
We’d be surprised if Steve McClaren lets both Jamaal Lascelles and Mike Williamson go out on loan, because then we’d be short at center-back, so it’s probably going to be one or the other.
In the case of Yoan Gouffran, who still has two years left on his contract at Newcastle. it’s a good opportunity for him to try to get a future club lined up.
With the Internationals finishing today, we’ll soon be hearing from Steve McClaren (hopefully), and we have a game on Monday night at West Ham, which is a game we must go all out to win and start to climb the league table.
We didn’t win in the league last season until the eighth game against Leicester City at home, and we have to do better than that this season.
Only 2 points in four games is not particularly a good start, and we need to start picking up some wins in the next few games.
Three wins in a row in the next three games at West Ham, Watford at home and Sheffield Wednesday at home in the League Cup would be very nice.
We’re still just a little worried about our complete and utter collapse last season, and we certainly don’t want to be struggling with relegation again.
That would be the third season out of the last four if that happens.
That would be really hard to take, but West Ham have been vulnerable at home even though they have had tremendous wins at Arsenal and Liverpool on the road.
There’s not much new news about Newcastle today.