Newcastle Utd’s Gouffran grafts goal against Chelsea

Yoan Gouffran celebrates scoring Newcastle's first goal of the game during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea

Yoan Gouffran celebrates scoring Newcastle's first goal of the game during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea

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YOAN Gouffran’s worth his weight in graft – and goals – to Newcastle United.

The forward scored in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League home win over Chelsea.

Gouffran’s strike, which opened the scoring, took his goal tally for the season to three.

But it wasn’t Gouffran’s record in front of goal that earned him his place in United manager Alan Pardew’s starting XI.

It was instead the graft that he brings to the wide areas.

“When you look at sides like Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, you say to yourself okay, your wide players nowadays need to work,” said Pardew.

“They need to work really, really hard at the top level, and you have to put him in that category.

“My goodness me, (Gouffran) worked his socks off.

“He couldn’t move at the end when I subbed him, he literally couldn’t even walk out. It’s that kind of commitment, I think, our fans love.

“We are a working-class city and they love flair, but what they really, really want to see is that hard working grind and a day’s work.

“My goodness me, he did a day’s work today and more.”

Gouffran – handed a start on the left side of midfield against Chelsea – joined Newcastle in January from Bordeaux.