The emergency loan window opens today and lasts until November 25th (that date sounds familiar somehow), and players can move out on loan spells ranging from 28 days to 93 days, to get first team experience at other clubs.
And one Newcastle player who seemed to be in big demand is 29 year-old Yoan Gouffran, who can basically play anywhere across the midfield.
I just realized why November 25th is familiar – it’s my birthday.
Yoan Gouffran – will fight for his place at Newcastle
Clubs like Hull City, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough were all said to be interested in taking him on loan, but surprising news in the local press today is that he wants to stay at Newcastle.
It seems like Yoan wants to fight for his place, although with the squad we have at the moment, it’s difficult to even make the bench, and some good players are not in the final match-day 18.
Yoan played a lot under Alan Pardew, but he hasn’t been favored too much by Steve McClaren, but if he wants to stay he must have been playing well in training or even possibly been given some encouragement from McClaren.
The other thing is that Yoan can feature in the League Cup and the FA Cup, and we are going all out this season in those two local competitions.
It probably shows the spirit in the side at the moment, that Yoan wants to stay and get playing time at Newcastle.
Who knows – maybe by staying he’ll end up with a Cup winners medal – wouldn’t that be something.
It’s exactly 50 years since we last won a home tournament when we ripped Manchester City apart 3-1 at Wembley, in the FA Cup.
It’s a game I watched at my aunt’s on TV (we didn’t have electricity in our house until 1959), but I missed the first goal because Jackie Milburn headed us ahead in the very first minute from a corner.
Those were the days my friend.
Here are the goals and that’s Jimmy Scoular receiving the trophy from a young Queen Elizabeth at the end.