Alan Pardew's persistence with Yoan Gouffran's is becoming a major source of frustration at St. James' Park.
While many of the supporters of Newcastle United argue that Gouffran offers little to the side, Pardew seems intent on finding a way to keep him in the starting line-up.
The Frenchman has made 17 appearances for the North East side this season, but he has made little impact during his sizeable amount of time on the pitch.
Gouffran has not managed to trouble the scoresheet in any competition so far this season, while his one assist is a paltry return for a player given an attacking role.
His performance against Sunderland did little to appease fans' concerns over his quality, either.
The Magpies lost the fixture 1-0 and although Gouffran was not on the pitch when Adam Johnson slammed home the Black Cats' late winner his display hardly helped his team.
The 28-year-old was ineffective during the contest and did little to warrant his place in the starting line-up.
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Gouffran made just 16 passes during the match and he was wayward with his distribution - with only 68% of these finding a teammate.
This could have been forgiven had he been a threat to the Sunderland defence, but he failed to pose any sort of problems to away side's make-shift back-line.
With John O'Shea and Santiago Vergini as Sunderland's two full-backs there was hope that Newcastle could exploit this area, but they were unable to make any sort of breakthrough and this was largely down to Gouffran's poor showing.
More worrying than his inaccurate passing was the fact that he did not manage to complete a cross, while he also could only take on a player once and he had just one shot on goal.
It was a display was has summed up all of his problems so far this season and, at the moment, it is hard to see why Pardew has so much faith in Gouffran to justify his place in the starting line-up.