Yoan Gouffran has simply been a revelation this season and he was our man of the Match on Saturday scoring a terrific goal to put Newcastle in the led for our 5th win in a row in all competitions.
But it seems like it was touch and go was to whether Yoan left the club before the transfer window closed and Rafa Benitez has revealed that if they got a decent offer for the 30 year-old Frenchman the club would have had to take it.
Yoan Gouffran in action at Derby
At the beginning of the summer it was almost certain that Gouffran would be one of the players Rafa would move out and the Newcastle manager did clear the decks of players who should have left the club long ago.
However, Yoan impressed in training and has got games and now starts regularly on the right wing for Newcastle even though Yoan prefers to play as a striker.
This is what Rafa has said about the former French U-21 International:
“To be fair, during the last 15 days of pre-season we were waiting and maybe expecting to not receive a good offer.”
“If we received a good offer for him – not just for us, but for him – with just one year left on his contract, we’d have had to allow him to go.”
“So we didn’t have these good offers for him, then talking with him he was happy and I was also pleased to keep him.”
“Unless someone comes for a big, big offer for a 30-year-old with one year on his contract, then maybe he will say ‘OK, I have to go.’”
“Then we’d have to say ‘yes, you have to do it.’ “But during the last 15 days we were thinking, ‘hopefully they won’t come’, and it turned out like this.”
“And I’m really pleased because he’s playing well and he’s working hard. “He’s a good example for the others – if you work hard you’ll have opportunities.”
“Yes, he had offers. He had offers before, but it was not exactly the right offer.”
Apparently Gouffran got offers from France and Russia.
We’re pleased Yoan will spend the final year of his contract on Tyneside and he can do a good job for us and hopefully help Newcastle get promoted back to the Premier League.
Next summer Yoan will be a free agent and he should be able to get himself a good deal at a number of clubs who will be interested in him.