Midterm Report: The emergence of a potent Gouffran

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Yoan Gouffran celebrates scoring the winner against Aston Villa

When Yoan Gouffran was linked with a move to Newcastle United this time last year, the most bizarre rumour appeared about the Frenchman. Reports from France suggested that Gouffran was allergic to grass, which worried some Newcastle fans. Later we all found out that he is allergic to certain species of trees and not grass, otherwise how would he have become a successful, professional footballer?! In January of 2013 Newcastle parted with £600,000 to land the Bordeaux forward who had impressed Alan Pardew in his performance against the Magpies in a Europa League group stage game and also happened to be in the final six months of his contract at the French club. Arriving alongside Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, and Massadio Haidara he arrived under the radar and considering he had cost less than a million pounds, he didn’t land on Tyneside with huge expectations. He did quite well in his first season in English football and showed signs that he would prove a very important team player in the coming years.

The question is, how has he fared out in the 201314 campaign?

Story so far: Gouffran has been an ever-present performer in the Newcastle side so far this side. He brings great industry playing on the left-hand side, both defensively and going forward. The Frenchman has absolutely worked his socks off in a Black and White jersey this season and has reaped his due rewards notching up no fewer than 6 goals so far this term — an impressive tally by any accounts. His positional sense and general movement in the box has been very encouraging and had been the factor in him grabbing so many goals.

His goals against Aston Villa (away), Chelsea (at home) and indeed against both West Brom and Southampton at St. James’ Park came as result of such fine movement and reading of the game. However, the best thing about Yoan is the fact he gives 110% every game, and usually leaves the field barely able to move having exerted all his energy throughout the entire 90 minutes. All in all, an excellent performer so far, and an integral part of the team.

Moment of the Season: Loic Rémy may have grabbed the headlines with his goal in Newcastle’s precious victory against Tottenham at White Hart Lane earlier this season, but Gouffran’s effort were just as impressive. The Frenchman ran himself ragged up and down the left flank, aiding Davide Santon in his defensive efforts as Spurs turned up the pressure in search of an equaliser. His energetic and faultless performance against what was then Andre Villas-Boas’ side sticks out as his best moment this season so far, just pipping his endeavours against Chelsea.

So that’s my thoughts on Gouffran so far this campaign. Do you have anything to say about his form? Well if you do, leave a comment below and also make sure you give me a follow on Twitter @KevinDoocey & like Tyne Time’s Facebook page!

Next up I take a look at Loic Rémy and his season so far, stay tuned!

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Don Roberto: ⏱ 25/01/2014

the lad is good i give you that, he works his socks off. but while he covers that place, we will never see 6 goals in perhaps 10 games. that ben arfa is capable of so i would argue that his replacement is far greater threat in front of goal, better to watch, and much better Technique and skills. i also think that marvuex has not been given a chance, and he has more skills, and it is the managers job, to get the best our of them, and he failed them. but still cant take his good performances away..

Sean: ⏱ 25/01/2014

Typical pardew basher, ben arfa doesnt get in the team because he's ONLY interested in his "skills" as you put it. Should ben start to track back when he inevitably loses the ball and the other team break on us he might be playing. As for marvaux, hes more of an assister than a finisher, but he goes invisible in those 50-50 games, gouf, however will be ever present in both attack and defence for a full 90, sure he has ineffective days but who doesn't? Theres plenty of reasons to give pardew stick, hes hardly the perfect manager, but dont go looking for rubbish that isn't there just because you have a bee in your bonnet over something that probably happened last season. Great article mate, look forward to the Remy one.