Gouffran has played just nine times for Newcastle this season, but Steve McClaren surprisingly selected him to start against Stoke City last week.
The French midfielder was withdrawn after 74 minutes at the Britannia Stadium, and Nicholas feels that his inclusion in McClaren’s team suggested that the former England international boss is getting desperate.
“Gouffran has not done anything at all this season,” he said. “He didn’t do anything for the last six months of last season either. He’s bringing players back in that he didn’t trust in the first place.”
Gouffran has appeared to be heading out of the exit door at St. James’ Park for some time, and he didn’t take his chance against Stoke.
Newcastle were beaten 1-0 in the Potteries, and Gouffran's display in that match obviously didn't impress, as he did not feature at all in his side’s latest match against Bournemouth.
The Magpies were no better in the 29-year-old’s absence, however, as they were beaten 3-1 by the Cherries.
That defeat has cranked the pressure on Steve McClaren up even further, with Newcastle’s chances of staying up starting to look slim.
The Magpies are currently stuck down in 19th place in the Premier League table, and they desperately need to start putting in better performances if they are to avoid the drop.