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Could this player be Newcastle United's Dirk Kuyt?

Signed for £500,000 in January, Yoan Gouffran is slowly becoming a fans' favourite on Tyneside.

The former Bordeaux striker netted his fifth goal in Newcastle's colours, and his first at St James' Park against Leeds United on Wednesday night. 

It was a lovely goal from the Frenchman, a great bit of skill to turn away from the defender and get his powerful shot away. Newcastle fans instantly drew comparisons with David Ginola's wonder strike against Manchester United in the 5-0 win at St James' Park back in the 1996-97 season. 

If Gouffran is half as good as the French magician Ginola, Toon fans are in for a real treat. 

The ex-Caen forward arrived at Newcastle along with four other French players - and one can make a pretty strong argument that he has been the club's move impressive signing from those January imports. 

His invaluable contribution last season was the winning goal against QPR at Loftus Road which secured the Magpies' Premier League status for another season. 

After getting a tough pre-season under his belt, Gouffran has provided Alan Pardew with a selection headache - and continues to put in impressive displays when called upon.

Pardew recently compared Gouffran to Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands, a fans' favourite who always put a shift and scored the occasional goal. 

"I think he’s like Peter Lovenkrands in that he’ll give you absolutely everything. He will run all day and night for the team. His attitude is fantastic.

"I think our supporters appreciate those type of players. So it will be interesting to see how he does this year."

I'd put in him the same bracket as Lovenkrands and former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt. Gouffran has the look of a cult hero in the making, he's a team player who has a lot of time for the fans - something which Toon fans appreciate.

He's also quick, has an eye for goal, will run into the ground, track back, harry opponents and create space. For £500,000, he looks a complete bargain.

What are your thoughts on Yoan Gouffran's impact in the Premier League? 

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