Newcastle’s Yoan Gouffran has no central reservations about midfield role against Palace

Yoan Gouffran
Yoan Gouffran

Yoan Gouffran is willing to answer Newcastle United’s midfield SOS at Selhurst Park.

Head coach Steve McClaren, already without Jack Colback, has lost Cheick Tiote to injury ahead of Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.

It’s important to be ready to play. The manager knows I can play two or three positions. I don’t play a lot of games, but I have to be ready to play. I don’t know when.

Yoan Gouffran

Tiote limped out of the weekend’s 3-0 home defeat to Leicester City.

Gouffran was used as a defensive midfielder in the Premier League fixture against Manchester City last month, and the forward was used in the role in an Under-21 game yesterday.

Assistant coach Paul Simpson watched the Under-21 Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion at a sodden Whitley Park, which ended goalless.

Gouffran said: “I needed to play 90 minutes – it was important for my condition.

“Sometimes you feel you need to play. After the (Leicester) game, the manager said he wanted to see me play 90 minutes. I did it. It was hard – the pitch was a little bit bad – but I’m happy to play.

“For the pre-season, I played central midfield. Now I think the manager wants me to play there. The manager knows I can play two or three positions.”

Gouffran says he is ready to take any chance that comes his way.

“I have to be patient,” he said. “I don’t play a lot of games, but I have to be ready to play. I don’t know when.

“At the moment, the team needs some points and everybody fit. Me, Jamaal (Lascelles) and Siem (de Jong) need to be ready to play.”