Yoan Gouffran ready for Newcastle

Yoan Gouffran played for Newcastle United against Manchester City in the Premier League last weekend.

Newcastle United winger Yoan Gouffran has told The Chronicle that he is ready to play his role for the team this season.

Gouffran has been on the books of Newcastle since 2013, but these days the Frenchman is little more than a fringe player.

The former Bordeaux man did start for the Magpies last weekend, though, as he featured in defensive midfield in place of the injured Jack Colback against Manchester City away from home.

Steve McClaren’s side suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat in the Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium, with Gouffran having one of his worst games for the Magpies.

The 29-year-old, though, has insisted that he is ready to play more matches, as Newcastle battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season.

“It was difficult for me because sometimes I was not in the squad,” Gouffran told The Chronicle.

“I just worked (hard) in training and when Jack (Colback) was injured the manager told me I would play.

“I have to wait for opportunities. I am 29 and I know I can play (in the Premier League). You have to respect the choice of the manager.”

Newcastle are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just three points from eight matches.

The Magpies are yet to win a league match, and the pressure is on head coach McClaren.

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