Thursday, January 24, 2013

Yoan star

Having been gazumped by Droopy for Loic £emy, Newcastle finally completed the signing of a striker yesterday and, yep you guessed it, he's French. Step forward Yoan Gouffran, who arrived from our Europa League competitors Bordeaux for a relatively small fee.

Currently the French club's top scorer this season with 12 goals in 27 games for the Ligue 1 side this season, Goofy (as he shall henceforth be known) looks a shrewd investment.

Hopefully he'll provide an alternative to Papiss and Big Lad, while also having the experience and ability to play as one of the two wider players in a front three as required.

Obviously, he also adds to our growing crop of Frenchmen, which has seen questions raised in some quarters about the risk of a French clique dominating the dressing room. However, hopefully the Frenchmen who are already established on Tyneside will help integrate their colleagues fully and we'll avoid that scenario.

Time will tell how successful Goofy will be, but for now it's very much a case of bonne chance, bonny lad!

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