Three reasons Newcastle should sanction this emotional winter farewell
One of the real surprises of Newcastle’s drop down to the Championship has been Yoan Gouffran. The French winger was widely criticised as the Magpies slipped to relegation last term and has often been questioned by fans due to his flaky nature on the pitch, so in the hustle and bustle of the second tier, it was expected that he would find it hard to cope after a proposed move away from the club collapsed.
However, Rafa Benitez has welcomed him into his high-flying North East XI and has been rewarded, with the 30-year-old notching two goals and two assists in 13 Championship outings, while looking a far better all-round player.
His improved form has, according to the Northern Echo, attracted the interest of Lille, who are believed to be looking at a cut-price January move for the wide-man, whose contract expires at the end of the current campaign.
Although there remains the possibility of extending his contract, it looks likely that the 22-time France U-21 international will be on his way in the New Year, and we caught up with Nothing But Newcastle editor, Jonnie Gorrie, to get his verdict on why cashing in on Gouffran makes sense…