We were wondering yesterday what the status of Yoan Gouffran was, since it was a few weeks ago that he was reported to be trying to sort out a deal to stay on Tyneside maybe for a couple more years.
And there is news this morning in the Chronicle that Rafa is now wanting a decision from Yoan Gouffran on whether he will accept the club’s latest offer made to him.
The 31-year-old winger will become a free agent on Saturday – July 1st – and since preseason training starts on Monday it’s reasonable for the manager to ask Yoan if he will still be a Newcastle player come Monday by accepting the deal that’s been offered to him.
Yoan Gouffran – after scoring last season
Yoan was said to be working on a new deal to stay at Newcastle at the same time it was announced that Vurnon Anita would not be staying and that the Dutchman had been released.
Yoan Gouffran has been a transformed player since Rafa Benitez came into the club last year and he had his best season for Newcastle last season since signing on in January 2013 from Bordeaux for around £1.5M.
He played a massive 45 times last season for Newcastle with 7 good goals and 5 assists and he could still do a job as a squad player for Newcastle.
Rafa has confidence in the winger/striker who always works his socks off for the side on the field and in training too, so he’s a great example to the youngsters at the club.
We would hope that Yoan stays on Tyneside for a couple more years since he does have Premier League experience (89 appearance in the PL for Newcastle) and can be used in games when we need players working hard and tracking back.
He’s played 141 total games for Newcastle with 19 goals and 13 assists and helped us get promoted last season with some excellent performances, especially in the first half of last season.
We need some reliable squad players in the squad and Yoan can be one of them.