Yoan Gouffran happy to put Newcastle first

AWAY DAY ... Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran scores at Villa Park.
AWAY DAY ... Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran scores at Villa Park.

YOAN Gouffran has pledged to continue sacrificing his personal glory for the good of the team.

The Frenchman has been an unsung hero in Newcastle United’s upturn in fortunes in recent weeks.

The pacy forward has regularly curbed his attacking instincts to help out the defence in wide positions, particularly in the backs-to-the-wall games against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

His diligence and hard work may not make the headlines, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed among fans and team-mates alike.

And while he still sees himself as a centre-forward rather than a wide player, Gouffran is happy to fill any role that manager Alan Pardew asks of him.

“I’m the type of player that wants to do a job for the team,” said Gouffran.

“That is the most important for me.

“I can play in different positions in attack or if needed I can play as a No9.

“It’s up to the manager to decide.

“I will play in whatever role he asks me.”

Gouffran – signed for a bargain £2m in January – was initially thought to be just brought in as cover up front.

But his form and attitude has seen him become a fixture in Alan Pardew’s starting line-up this last month, and he has justified his position with a goal against Chelsea, and an assist for Loic Remy’s winner at Spurs.

However, he won’t take his place for granted, and admits that competition for the striking berths is keeping everyone on their toes at Newcastle.

“We have a lot of quality options here,” Gouffran added.

“We have Loic Remy as well as Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse in the squad.

“I don’t mind who I play with.

“We have a lot of competition for places and that’s the most important thing.

“We must just keep working hard.”

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