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Magpies boss talks up Frenchman

Pardew believes Yoan Gouffran will find form

By | 6th September 2013
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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has backed Frenchman Yoan Gouffran to find better form this season following the striker’s embarrassing miss against West Ham United last month. The 27 year old was largely responsible for the club dropping two points as the match finished at 0-0, but Pardew insists that the player’s attitude and work rate will help him recover.

Gouffran could see an increased role at St. James’ Park this season following the club’s inability to add a new striker to the squad. The Magpies missed out on a move for Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis, while Chelsea decided to hold on to loan target Demba Ba. Instead, Gouffran will be tasked with grabbing goals alongside Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy, and the Ameobi brothers, and Pardew is expecting the fans to show their support of the player.

“Gouffran, we felt, really pushed on when he got in the team last season. It will be interesting to see how he does this season,” Pardew told reporters, according to

“He is a really terrific lad, a wholehearted player, and someone our fans do already appreciate.

“I think he’s like Peter Lovenkrands in that he’ll give you absolutely everything. He will run all day and night for the team. His attitude is fantastic.

“I think our supporters appreciate those type of players. So it will be interesting to see how he does this year.”

Newcastle have gotten off to a slow start in this year’s league campaign, picking up just four points from their opening three matches. They resume their league campaign after the international break on the 14th of September when they travel to Villa Park to take on a much-improved Aston Villa side.

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