Date: 12th September 2016 at 9:46am
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It would be fair to say that Yoan Gouffran’s career here at Newcastle is nothing to write home about but what has happened in the last couple of weeks or so is an example for everyone.

That is because the Frenchman is threatening to imitate a half decent footballer.

When you go over his career here, after a start in which Gouffran came across as a hard worker with something about him, he stagnated and was one of those comedy players that everyone moaned and groaned at when announced amongst the subs or had a rare start.

It was hoped rather than expected that he’d shifted from the wage bill like a waste of fresh air but the Rafa Benitez managerial methods have changed things.

When we had the lack of a decent plan and everything that went with that before the Rafalution, you can understand to a certain extent that the likes of Gouffran would suffer.

Benitez saw Gouffran as an option that we didn’t have and gave him a chance. A chance taken and being rewarded with a seeming regular slot in the side.

Benitez spoke of it in The Chronicle by saying:

To be fair, during the last 15 days of pre season we were waiting and maybe expecting to not receive a good offer, because if we received a good offer for him – not just for us, but for him, then with just one year left on his contract we`d have had to allow him to go.

Then we`d have to say: ‘Yes, you have to do it.` But during the last 15 days we were thinking, ‘hopefully they won`t come`, and it turned out like this and I`m really pleased because he`s playing well and he`s working hard.

“He`s a good example for the others, if you work hard you`ll have opportunities.”