Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran were expected to be largely on the periphery of the Newcastle side this season, but they have both been starters for Newcastle with both lads having their best seasons ever on Tyneside.
Yoan Gouffran was expected to leave in the summer, but he seems to have forged a good working relationship with manager Rafa Benitez and has played some of his best ever football this season.
Yoan has been a star and if we are promoted he will go down in the annals of the club a lot differently than if he had left last January or in the summer.
Yoan Gouffran and Vurnon Anita in training
They both look happy enough
Yoan is a skilled footballer and of course he simply works his socks off for the side in every single game he plays – and that’s always appreciated by Newcastle fans.
Vurnon Anita has come into his own at Newcastle over the last year or two and certainly since Rafa arrived on the scene and immediately switched him to full-back.
Vurnon now looks like an excellent right back and he could get his place back in the Dutch side with former Newcastle right back Daryl Janmaat struggling at his new club Watford.
Benitez seems confident he can sign both player to contract extensions before the summer as he had this to say in the Chronicle:
“We were talking with them but now, around Christmas time and the festive fixtures, is not the period,”
“But in January we will continue talking with both to of them find a solution because we are happy with the two.”
“I am not worried about losing them next month.”
Yoan Gouffran has played 22 times this season with 5 goals and that compares to 96 appearances and 12 goals before this season, after signing on for Newcastle from Bordeaux back in January 2013.
Vurnon Anita has 19 appearances so far this term and both players are trusted by Rafa.
We see no reason why the two of them will not get good contract extensions before this summer to stay on as part of Rafa’s revolution.