Yoan Gouffran

Name: Yoan Gouffran
Squad number: 20
Nationality: French
Born: 25th May, 1986, Villeneuve Saint-Georges, France
Height: 175cm
Weight: 79kg
Previous clubs: Caen, Bordeaux
Signed: January 2013, from Bordeaux
Newcastle United debut: 29th January, 2013 v Aston Villa (a), Premier League
Position: Forward



French forward Yoan Gouffran arrived on Tyneside along with fellow countrymen Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the January 2013 transfer window.


Previously with Bordeaux, the 27-year-old has chipped in with a number of vital goals since joining the Club, and became the first United player to score in five consecutive games at St. James' Park when he netted in the 5-1 demolition of Stoke on Boxing Day 2013, equalling a record held by Geordie legend Alan Shearer.


Equally adept on either flank or through the middle, Gouffran's versatility has proved to be a valuable asset to the Magpies' ranks, enabling the former Caen man to feature regularly throughout the 2013/14 season.


Though unable to participate in United's 2012/13 Europa League campaign due to having already featured in the competition prior to his arrival, Gouffran boasts a wealth of European experience from his five years with Les Girondins.



Early Days

Gouffran began his career in his native France with Caen, having come through the club's youth ranks.


Going on to make more than a century of appearances, he averaged almost a goal every three games at the Stade Michel d'Ornano which attracted the attentions of a number of larger clubs across Europe.


However, after opting on a move to Bordeaux, Gouffran collected a Ligue 1 winners' medal when his goal on the final day of the season secured the championship for his new club, while relegating his former side in the process.


Proving to be a consistent performer across the channel, Gouffran joined Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee, testing himself in a league outside his home nation for the first time.



International Career

Though yet to make his full international debut for France, Gouffran earned more than 20 caps for the Les Bleus under-21 side earlier in his career, including featuring in the 2006 UEFA Under-21 European Championships in Portugal.


There, he scored a solitary goal for his nation, netting in a 3-0 victory over Germany in the group stage. Though France were eliminated by Holland in the semi-final, Gouffran held down a position alongside the likes of Jeremy Toulalan, Bacary Sagna and Mathieu Flamini and was a key member of the squad.