Yoan Gouffran got a lot of games when Alan Pardew was the Newcastle manager mainly because of the Frenchman’s work rate – but since Alan left he hasn’t played too many times this year and he’s made only two appearances in the league and two in cup games.
It seems obvious that Steve McClaren doesn’t rate him very highly, but Yoan could certainly do a job for a good Championship club in January.
Yoan Gouffran – in action at Manchester City
Of course, we are losing so many players to injury this season that we may want to keep Gouffran on board because we could repeat what happened earlier this year and have a huge number of players not available through injury and suspension.
On the other hand, if we are to bring reinforcements in during January we will have to let some players leave.
This is what the 29-year-old has said about his current situation:
“I’m here. I work hard,” “If I don’t play, maybe I’m going to leave in January. I don’t know.”
“I need to be ready and to stay fit. I don’t know what’s happening after.”
Yoan could stay in England to play his football, but we’ll just have to see what happens as January rolls around.
Yoan still has 18 months left on his contract on Tyneside.
One big decision the powers that be at Newcastle will have to make fairly soon – is whether to stick with Steve McClaren as manager before identifying which players to bring in over the January transfer window.
If the players coming in are again chosen by Chief Scout Graham Carr that would be daft and then maybe we cannot recover this season and will face relegation.
At the moment, that looks like a distinct possibility.