Sissoko was great, but let’s hear it for Gouffran too

NUFC Blog's latest piece on metro.co.uk is out now!

NUFC Blog’s latest piece on metro.co.uk is out now!

This is just a quick ‘blog to let you all know that my latest piece for Metro.co.uk was published earlier today.

Entitled “Sissoko was great, but let’s hear it for Gouffran too” it takes a look at Yoan Gouffran’s excellent performance against Chelsea on Saturday, a performance which might be overlooked in the midst of “Moussa mania.”

To read it, just click on the link above or on the Metro image.

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40 Responses to “Sissoko was great, but let’s hear it for Gouffran too”

  1. 1
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    it’s a fair enough assessment, i thought he was good in patches, and had a couple of spells where he was quiet, which you can expect.
    he does look like a craig bellamy sort of player, who will press defenders, and take the ball of their toes, and cause trouble out wide.

    sjt, not bad for “a pile of w*nk”, lol!

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  3. 3
    avatar Grumpy Old-Toon says:

    Worky, just tried to add a comment to your Metro blog, don’t know if it worked though!

  4. 4
    avatar Chuck says:

    Nine of the present NUFC squad have been called up to their national teams roster for this comming weekends International matches.
    The most being those to Les Bleus,
    The others Santon for Italy, a deserved award.
    Krul, Holland, becoming a regular
    Ferguson, Norn Iron, better than nothing i suppose.
    Cisse, Senegal
    Coloccini, Argentina.
    If we keep on signing french players at the rate we have recently, we may see NUFC vs Engerland, with Nufc playing in a blue strip.

  5. 5
    avatar workyticket says:

    Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    February 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    “Worky, just tried to add a comment to your Metro blog, don’t know if it worked though!”

    Are you on Facebook Grumpy? I think they only have Facebook comments on there, which is shite.

  6. 6
    avatar workyticket says:

    Chuck says:
    February 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    “If we keep on signing french players at the rate we have recently, we may see NUFC vs Engerland, with Nufc playing in a blue strip.”

    Chuck, you can already get a shirt which is half Newcastle United on one side, and half French national side on the other.

  7. 7
    avatar Chuck says:

    Naturally most will and have in fact voted for Sissoko.
    On the other hand how can you expect anyone to vote for Gouffran, who though he had a good game, was clearly a second or even third choice for MOTM, on the particular day.
    Being Santon could very well have been chosen before him for his attacking role plus two assists.
    It’s no put down of Gouffran, who i’m positive will prove to be a very good buy.

  8. 8
    avatar Chuck says:

    Worky
    Business acumen !

  9. 9
    avatar workyticket says:

    Chuck says:
    February 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    “Being Santon could very well have been chosen before him for his attacking role plus two assists.”

    Steven Taylor was actually very good at the back too Chuck.

  10. 10
    avatar Chuck says:

    Soh !
    What about the rumors of a return of our Thirty five million quid man, Carroll, come the summer.
    All those in favor, say aye, but give your reasons.
    Those opposed, say nay, but likewise state your reasons.

  11. 11
    avatar Chuck says:

    Worky
    Taylor has always impressed me.
    He is a player who gives you 100% every time, throws his body around, whether blocking shots or hitting the opposition and a threat in the oppositions box, on set plays.
    Happy to see him back, there is in my opinion, another player who should get a call up for the national side.
    Perhaps he will, i called it as far as Santon is concerned.

  12. 12
    avatar workyticket says:

    Gutierrez was also very good on Saturday too.

  13. 13
    avatar Grumpy Old-Toon says:

    I’d love to see Carrol back at the Toon. In a team playing good football I reckon he’s a great option to exploit tha opposition if (even if they havn’t) a lack of height at the back.

    He is a lot more skillful than he is given credit for and has a thunderous left foot, he aint just an arial player but is pretty good on the deck as well.

    He is a bit of an arrogant so and so, which is an obvious negative, or is it?

    I’m sure Steve will be only too happy to help out with his french lessons. Laarn yersell Frangliis like.

  14. 14
    avatar jack72 says:

    i dont think anyone had a bad game on saturday.Debuchy played well and once he finds his feet in the English game will be a cracking player for us.Mbiwa was probaly the best defender in France last season according to wor auld french full back MR O Bernard.
    Saylor does a great job for us imo..he gets the Toon Army right up for the games especially at the start ov a match when he comes doon to the Gallowgate,chest oot then his big Cmon roar.it gets us all up,fist pumping,roaring n singing.that has to be some buzz for the lad.if he had ov played for a London club he would ov had England caps by now.also injuries probs played a big part in him not been called up for England.
    i just hope no ‘purples’ leave the club in the summer now.but wiv ashley at the helm thats highly unlikely and some will be sold.

  15. 15
    avatar Grumpy Old-Toon says:

    Worky, I shie away frantically from Facebook, I have no wish to have running commentries on subjects such as teeth cleaning or bowel movements.

    My other half and I have loads of invites to become their facebook buddies and it has all gone into the deleted folder post haste.

    The comments section on your blog had a drop down menu that seemed to suggest e-mail can be used, I did click that option but it still went into the failed message void, I think!

    By the way I did in your previous thread mention Taylor as one of the games “French Speaking heroes”

  16. 16
    avatar workyticket says:

    Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    February 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    “He is a bit of an arrogant so and so, which is an obvious negative, or is it?”

    Grumpy, if he came back to Newcastle he’d be in a team full of Frenchmen, so why would that be an issue?

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    avatar workyticket says:

    Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    February 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Worky, I shie away frantically from Facebook, I have no wish to have running commentries on subjects such as teeth cleaning or bowel movements.

    Don’t blame you at all Grumpy, but divven’t get me started on all that shite!

    By the way I did in your previous thread mention Taylor as one of the games “French Speaking heroes”

    Oh aye! He’s got some “Larn yersel French” CDs or something like that.

  18. 18
    avatar TERRY says:

    arry reckons he will get 14 million for samba and 18 million for remy if they get relegated. he must be delusional?

  19. 19
    avatar workyticket says:

    jack72 says:
    February 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    “i dont think anyone had a bad game on saturday.Debuchy played well and once he finds his feet in the English game will be a cracking player for us.”

    That Mata did have Perch on toast a bit sometimes, but he was their best player just about. Debuchy was ok but nothing special and at least he didn’t get another card or give away a penalty. I watched a fair bit of Debuchy before he joined and he worries me a bit for getting sent off / suspended and so on. Lets not get back into that sort of thing again though! :-)

  20. 20
    avatar workyticket says:

    TERRY says:
    February 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    “arry reckons he will get 14 million for samba and 18 million for remy if they get relegated. he must be delusional?”

    One of the owners of QPR, Lakshmi Mittal, is one of the richest men in the world though Terry. He’s worth twice as much as Roman Abramovich.

  21. 21
    avatar TERRY says:

    I never realised he was so wealthy, workyticket. All i know is that he owns an airline! All is has to do is buy the naming rights for the staduim and there debt free! This financial fair play rule seems pointless.

  22. 22
    avatar chuck says:

    I disagree that Jonas had a good game on Saturday, having watched the original and a re run yesterday i was more specific in what i was lookig at.
    Yeah the guy did a lot of running, also a lot of wandering, sometimes finding himself on the left wing instead of the right one.
    He attempted a number of crosses in the first half, which were terrible.
    Even caused the color commentator to remark,on how bad he was and with his experience should do much better.
    Well whats new, he could never cross when he played left wing, always cutting inside to get the ball on his right foot, hell every defender in the EPL knows that.
    Sure he tracks back, but is not a great defender and if he does collect the ball in our own half, immediately heads up field until he feels contact then hits the ground.
    I mean how many times have we seen that?
    Hey if we were an Olympic side i would enter him in the diving events.
    Oh! yeah he got a goal, how many is that he’s scored since he arrived at the club, ya could count the amount on one hand, simply not good enough for an attacking player.
    Sorry, he may be a great guy and i was happy to see him score, but at the same time, gotta be honest.
    I believe his days are numbered.

    QPR and Mittal ?
    Is Mittal still conected, i was under the impression both he a Berny Ecclestone had sold out to Fernandez?

  23. 23
    avatar workyticket says:

    Terry, I think it’s Tony Fernandes who owns Airlines. Mittal, the other owner of QPR, owns a large chunk of just about everything else in the world. It’s just too long to list! Two of the small companies he owns in the UK are Jaguar and Land Rover and he is the world’s largest steel man by a long way.

  24. 24
    avatar chuck says:

    One of the Arsenal owners Usmanov, is actually wealthier tha Abramovich

  25. 25
    avatar Grumpy Old-Toon says:

    I always found it strange and incongruous that until this year we were giving financial aid to India who are one of the BRIC countries. Probably helped to fund Mittal’s financial empire building.

    I remember writing to The Telegraph asking why they were building up their space research as we were stopping ours cos we coulsn’t afford and we were shovelling loads of dosh to them at the time.

  26. 26
    avatar workyticket says:

    Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    February 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    “I always found it strange and incongruous that until this year we were giving financial aid to India who are one of the BRIC countries. Probably helped to fund Mittal’s financial empire building.”

    Well as you mentioned “empire building” Grumpy, we’ve certainly taken enough out of India down the years, and many of the other developing countries who receive overseas aid too. In terms of the proportion of GNP, Sweden gives almost three times as much aid as we do, and they didn’t rape the world for centuries either. Anyway all UK aid to Indoa is ending by 2015 anyway according to the government.

    The world is still so hugely stacked in favour of first world countries through skewed trade agreements, subsidies etc that overseas aid is a drop in the ocean by comparison.

  27. 27
    avatar chuck says:

    Yes it’s incongruouse that a country of a little over 1.2 billion at present has at least thirteen billionaries, in the worlds top 300.
    While their former colonial masters have only five, which are of significantly lower numbers in total wealth.
    Why then is the UK, giving aid to a country which has more accumalated wealth than they do ?
    Economy of scale dictates that it will not be long before the UK is overtaken by both China and India.
    Already they have began to buy failing British brand names(Land Rover, Jaguar?)
    How long will it take before the UK and it’s Industry’s becomes an adjunct to the Indian economy?
    So why are the British taxpaters funding such nonsenseical investments.
    Is it out of a sense of guilt for having used India as a cash cow for so long, or perhaps the fact they may give us the benifit of investing here in the future, when they become a superpower ?

  28. 28
    avatar chuck says:

    Grumpy
    In actual fact Mittal had established his Empire long before BRIC was established.
    He was primarily engaged in steel production, having bought up various steel mills worldwide, including the Anglo European Arcelor.
    His personal wealth is estimated at somewhere in the region of 27 billion (quid that is)
    He’s at present the UK’s richest person, no you read it right not India, as he has established hmself in London.
    Probably near Worky, in fact they may lunch to gether, who knows?
    Along with others like Abramovich,Usmanov, and those whose lives may be on the line in their home countries (Assad) well you get the picture.
    Kinda like the African Dictators who when push came to shove, ended up spending their forced retirement on the french Riviera, though non grata in their own countries.
    The big money is presently in London real estate, which is going through the roof.
    And the conservatives are about to change the laws in regard to real estate, making it harder for those unable to pay for the increases in real estate tax, to sell up that and the present high market values.
    In order to let those from outside the UK to buy a safe haven to accompany the wealth that is already safely stored in English banks.
    It’s a funny old world innit !

  29. 29
    avatar workyticket says:

    Chuck, even the likes of Mittal and Usmanov don’t have quite that much and China is already the world’s second largest economy because there’s over a billion people there. Much of the rest of your diatribe is wrong too. I’ve never known anyone with such an unnerring knack of getting their facts wrong as you.

    Lots of UK companies are under foreign ownership, and lots of foreign companies are under UK ownership too, that’s the global economy for better or for worse and it’s the same in the US too.

    But yes, quite a few of the world’s richest people do indeed have houses just down the road from me in Hampstead and St John’s Wood. Billionaires have houses all over the world because they can and London is one of the main places for several reasons.

    Can we get back to football now please?

  30. 30
    avatar workyticket says:

    It’s very nice that we’ve won our last two games, but why does Pardew have to spoil it and be such an embarrassment with his hubris? Why does he have to keep slagging off everyone else as inferior? He’s done Manchester United, Chelsea and QPR, and he even tried to take a cheap shot at Danny Graham for no reason whatsoever the other day. Yes Alan, I’m sure that Demba Ba is crying his little eyes out in London after doubling his wages, and I’m sure that he’s missing all the wonderful people who booed him and laughed at him when he had his nose broken as thanks for him keeping us out of the bottom three so far. It just makes us look like we are silly, premature upstarts a chip on our shoulder, like Pardew himself, the empty braggart that you don’t want to invite for dinner. Even Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho can seem arrogant and cocky and they’ve won more trophies than Nooocarssel in it’s entire history. Pardew is still a nothing from nowhere and last time Newcastle United won anything, it was broadcast in black and white. Until that changes, we need to be modest and show a little decorum.

  31. 31
    avatar pete_toon says:

    workyticket says:
    February 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    “last time Newcastle United won anything, it was broadcast in black and white.”

    So tempted to make a crack about our next cup we’ll still be in black and white. However, point of order there worky mate – let us not forget our sterling work winning that giant of cups – the Intertoto.

  32. 32
    avatar Chuck says:

    Worky

    It’s easy to say most of my so called diatribe is wrong and leave it at that, then knowing your wrong insist on getting back to football.
    What are the facts, Mittal is worth appox. 20.7 billion,
    21st most wealth person in the world.
    And Usmanov is worth 18.1billion, 28th richest in the world
    To come out with a statement like…..
    “Even the likes of Mittal and Usmanov dont have quite that much”, is as ludacris a statement as you have came up with so far.
    You may bullshit your way by others but not on this one.
    And yes i understand the global economy, where national boundarys have become somewhat irrelevent,where economy of scale is important.
    Why the UK has to belong to a combined group(the EU)
    which also exist in Asia ASEAN, South America, MERCOSUR, Noth America, NAFTA, and the recently organised BRIC countries, which unlike the others have no geographical location in common.
    And by the way, those two insignificant Billionaires, Mittal and Usmanov, have a combined wealth that represents more than the combined wealth of those British billionaires in the worlds top three hundred.
    The wealthies Brits coming in at the one hundredth, position worldwide, downwards.
    Also economy of scale will eventually overwhelm the uk and reduce it to one that hopefully can imitate the City State of Singapore, who depend on technology and a highly educated workforce.
    However with the present education system and Englands well known resistance to change, (commonly called tradition) it’s going to be difficult.

  33. 33
    avatar Chuck says:

    Well now something we can agree on.
    I second your opinion on Pardew, no surprise to most.
    Hubris aptly describes his attitude, whereas a couple of days ago he was obviously in a state of depression.
    Wich Ashley must have picked up on and thought, hell we are in deep shit, i gotta do something radical here.
    The mans a jerk, and i think he actually believes his own bullshit.
    His best bet is to keep his mouth shut, before people realise what a jerk he is.
    Leave the tactics and lineups to the coaches and just be a frontman, but tone down the bullshit.

  34. 34
    avatar Lord stitt says:

    Newcastle are on the way up the table to all you doubters out there you can stop now our French revolution looks like a great pay off upthe toon

  35. 35
    avatar sampdiago says:

    For the first time in ages,I cant wait until
    Saturday.We will at the very least give spurs a game,may even do the double on em.We should play tiote and tell him how much spurs fans love Nigerians…

  36. 36
    avatar GS says:

    Pardew is the same as ever. When we lose and play badly he passes the buck. When we do well he takes all the credit. Notice that he was saying how he was the one watching Sissoko 14 months ago. He did take a bit of blame for the Reading subs but that was in the afterglow of 2 wins and a great performance. He’s a snake oil salesman. Although, for those unfamiliar with his slavver he comes across as giving credit to the players. He has got the gift of the gab, I will give him that. You just have to see how many times he contradicts himself to realise you should never believe a word he says.

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    Just wait until Tiote and Ben Arfa come back. This squad will be one to reckon with in the coming months.

  38. 38
    avatar workyticket says:

    chuck says:
    February 5, 2013 at 3:44 am

    “In actual fact Mittal had established his Empire long before BRIC was established.
    He was primarily engaged in steel production, having bought up various steel mills worldwide, including the Anglo European Arcelor.
    His personal wealth is estimated at somewhere in the region of 27 billion (quid that is)

    workyticket says:
    February 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

    “Chuck, even the likes of Mittal and Usmanov don’t have quite that much”

    Chuck says:
    February 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    “Worky

    It’s easy to say most of my so called diatribe is wrong and leave it at that, then knowing your wrong insist on getting back to football.
    What are the facts, Mittal is worth appox. 20.7 billion,
    21st most wealth person in the world.
    And Usmanov is worth 18.1billion, 28th richest in the world
    To come out with a statement like…..
    “Even the likes of Mittal and Usmanov dont have quite that much”, is as ludacris a statement as you have came up with so far.
    You may bullshit your way by others but not on this one.”

    Chuck, you may bullshit your way by others but not on this one. :lol:

    I don’t bother most of the time but you’re just so insufferably arrogant and rude. And all that completely misinformed anti British drivel is just becoming so f ing boring now.

  39. 39
    avatar Chuck says:

    Yes i’m sure following Ashleys spending spree, we are all a bit more confident of not only surviving the drop, but have the makings of a decent side.
    And can finish the other side of midtable.

    It will be interesting to watch this side develope in the latter part of the season and see what’s needed for the next.

    Hopefully Cisse can get back to the scoring levels of last season, though he missed a couple of sitters on Saturday, possibly a case of confidence loss.

    If not we have some players who can score in Marveaux, Gouffran, Sissoko and Cabaye.
    With HBA due back in two or three weeks, will add another.
    I suppose we will be looking at another Striker come the summer, as long as it’s not Carroll, who i believe would upset the balance of the team, by having to adjust to his old style CF game.

    Prefer someone like De Jong at Ajax, who is not exactly a striker but can play up front or behind the striker.

    A much better option as i dont really care for singling out one guy to do all the scoring and was not surprised when Barcelona got rid of one of the most prolific scorers in a number of tears, Ibrahimovic.

    Not because he was unsuccessful, but because he like Carroll just did’nt fit into the system employed by Guardiola.
    Relying instead on any of half a dozen players to score,
    sure easy to say with Messi, but even without him i believe it to be a better system.

    One could say Rodgers had a similar reason for getting rid of Carroll, who fit’s in perfect with a BSA or Stoke system.
    But i want to see a modern style of entertaining football played by Newcastle and route one is not that.

    Then again, i am biding my time and believe if given enough rope, Pardew can make his own noose, not literally of couse, but none of the above will happen while he’s still here.

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    avatar Chuck says:

    Yes Worky !

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