Yoan Gouffran is letting his feet do the talking at Newcastle United this season – and blanking journalists.
The forward scored his fourth goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Cardiff City at St James’s Park.
I am happy, and I am enjoying playing with my teammates this year.Yoan Gouffran
Gouffran – who came under fire from fans last season – was warmly applauded off the pitch when he was substituted in the second half.
Newcastle were willing to listen to offers for Gouffran in the summer, but the 30-year-old, unwilling to take a pay cut, ended up staying at St James’s Park.
And few saw his renaissance under Rafa Benitez coming.
Gouffran, signed from Bordeaux in January 2013, has been a regular starter in the Championship.
However, he has refused to speak to written journalists all season.
Speaking to a reporter employed by the club after the Cardiff game, Gouffran said: “I am happy, and I am enjoying playing with my team-mates this year.
“This season it is really different, because I am playing with confidence and I hope that can continue.”
Gouffran has largely been used on the left side of Benitez’s midfield.
“Maybe (the system) has helped me,” said. “Sometimes I can get free, and I can play my game, but the tactics are the choice of the manager.”
The Cardiff result saw Newcastle maintain their three-point advantage at the top of the Championship.
Gouffran said: “We are (top of the table), but it is not finished. The Championship is very long, and we want to win every week.”