Yoan Gouffran says Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren was keen to see him in action for 90 minutes

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Yoan Gouffran played for Newcastle United's development side as they drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion's under-21's.

Yoan Gouffran has told the Chronicle that Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren had words with him straight after his side lost 3-0 to Leicester City at the weekend.

Gouffran was an unused substitute during Saturday’s contest, with the Frenchman having to watch on as his teammates struggled.

The manner of Newcastle’s defeat has supposedly led to McClaren thinking about making changes, and the former England boss went to Gouffran straight after the match to tell the 29-year-old that he wanted to see him in action.

“At the moment the team needs some points and everybody fit," he said. "Me, Jamaal and Siem need to be ready to play. Sometimes you feel you need to play.

“After the game (against Leicester), the manager said he wanted to see me play 90 minutes.”

Gouffran did just that by playing or Newcastle’s development side against West Bromwich Albion.

Gouffran was handed a role in central midfield for the Magpies, with the match finishing as a 0-0 draw.

“I needed to play 90 minutes,” the former Bordeaux man admitted. “It was important for my condition. It was hard. The pitch was a little bit bad, but I’m happy to play.”

Gouffran has regularly been left out by McClaren since he took over at St. James’ Park. However, the French youth international will be hoping to get a chance at the weekend against Crystal Palace.

Newcastle are looking short of options in central midfield, after Cheick Tiote picked up an injury, and it could be that Gouffran is named in McClaren's starting line-up at Selhurst Park. 

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