Newcastle Utd’s Gouffran looks for goals at Everton

Yoan Gouffran
Yoan Gouffran

YOAN Gouffran is determined to show he’s worth his weight in goals to Newcastle United.

The forward is hoping to start against Everton at Goodison Park tonight.

Gouffran took his goal tally for the season to two with his stunning strike in last week’s Capital One Cup tie against Leeds United.

The 27-year-old also came off the bench to score Newcastle’s winner in the club’s last away game, the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

But Gouffran knows he isn’t guaranteed a start on Merseyside given the competition for places up front, with Papiss Demba Cisse, Loic Remy, Hatem Ben Arfa and Shola Ameobi all vying for places in Alan Pardew’s team.

His recent performances, however, have given Pardew a selection headache.

For his part, Gouffran, signed, from Bordeaux in January, isn’t setting himself a goal target for the season. His only aim to seize every chance that comes his way.

“I don’t set targets in terms of numbers,” Gouffran said.

“This year there is a lot more in terms of competition for the strikers.

“When the manager gives me my chance, I have to give my all. I have to try to be as effective as I can.”

Gouffran was pitched into a relegation battle after his move from Bordeaux.

The former France Under-21 international, signed six months earlier than planned given the club’s predicament, quickly adjusted to the demands of English football.

And Gouffran’s industry outside the box - and eye for goal in the area - saw him make 14 Premier League starts.

He also scored three goals, including the strike against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on the penultimate weekend of the season which secured the club’s top-flight status.

Despite a lack of incoming transfers this summer, Gouffran feels Newcastle can challenge higher up the table this season.

“We have some great players,” he said. “We did last season too. There are a lot of internationals on the books here.

“It’s about doing as well as we can, as well as we should do.

“We have to show that last season was just a one off. We’ll be aiming to finish as high up the Premier League as we want to.”

United were disappointingly beaten 3-2 at home by Hull City in their last league outing.

And they face an unenviable task at Goodison Park, where Everton haven’t conceded a goal in 636 minutes.

Gouffran, however, feels Newcastle can bring at least a point back to Tyneside.

“We’re definitely going away with the Hull game in the back of our minds,” said Gouffran.

“It’s not forgotten. We have to lift our chins and press on.

“We’ll go there and at least try to bring a point back.”