Yoan Gouffran

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


When Yoan Gouffran steps out onto the hallowed turf of St. James' Park for the first time, it will be nothing new.

But the backing of more than 50,000 passionate Geordies certainly will be, and it is something the French forward cannot wait to experience.

Gouffran was part of the Bordeaux side which came to Tyneside in October for a Europa League group game and left empty handed following a 3-0 Magpies' victory.

And while the former France Under 21 international was impressed by his opponents on the night - who are now his teammates - a crowd of 30,987 also made a huge impression.

"When we were training - we did it in the stadium - and even empty, I could see that the pitch and the stadium were fantastic," explained Gouffran, following his switch to Newcastle on Wednesday night.

"And when we played in the match I could see that the supporters and the atmosphere in the stadium were magnificent.

"Yohan Cabaye has already told me a little bit about the atmosphere here.

"When we played in October it was pretty impressive, but I can only imagine with 52,000 fans it's going to be crazy.

"Hopefully that level of support will help us go out, give our best and get the team up the table."

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