Yoan Gouffran like a lot of Newcastle players this season has come in for some withering criticism – especially on social media.
But he is in line to make his second Premier League appearance of the season at Crystal Palace tomorrow after playing 66 minutes in defensive midfield at Manchester City – where we were torn apart 6-1.
Yoan Gouffran – in action at the Etihad
With Cheick Tiote out for the game tomorrow with a groin problem – Steve McClaren could call on the Frenchman to play there at Selhurst Park.
Yoan at least seems to understand that at Newcastle you have to give 100% and play with passion if you are to simply get by as a Newcastle player.
To be good you have to start playing well on top of that foundation of all out effort and passion.
The 29 year-old Frenchman has talked in the Chronicle today:
“I think we have to play with some passion.” “Sometimes you can lose games but you must show something.” “The fans are disappointed because we don’t play 100%.”
“Sometimes we look scared.” “We need to give 100% for the fans.” “You can’t win every game but we can’t lose like we did against Leicester.”
“It is a special game for Pardew and for the players who played with him.” “But really it is about getting points for us.”
“We need wins.” “There will be no love-in.”
After last week´s surrender we are not expecting too much at Selhurst Park tomorrow, but we have to try not to lose yet another game.
While we´ve never thought of Yoan as a defensive midfielder – more as a hard-working winger who Alan Pardew played a lot – we hope he can have a good game tomorrow.
And who knows – the completely unpredictable Newcastle could even win the game.
That would be something.