Rafa Benitez praises Yoan Gouffran's performance while admitting his future is uncertain

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Gouffran played his part in two of Newcastle's goals in their 4-1 win over Reading.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez praised the work of Yoan Gouffran in the side's 4-1 win over Reading last night, despite the player facing a pretty uncertain future. 

Gouffran was involved in two goals as he set up the opener for Isaac Hayden, and was brought down for the penalty just after half time - which was scored by Matt Ritchie.

Newcastle's Matt Ritchie scores their second goal from the penalty spotNewcastle's Matt Ritchie scores their second goal from the penalty spot

Benitez praised the professionalism of Gouffran, while suggesting that he may be one of the players who may not be at the club beyond the end of the month when the transfer window has closed.

The Spaniard is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “We were talking about Gouffran, and maybe he was thinking about offers that could come, but he had to play and he did really well.

“It is not easy for any player to think ‘I have to be really concentrated and focused when maybe tomorrow I will leave’, but you have seen examples in the Premier League of players playing one game and then leaving the following day for another team. I’ve said a lot that these players are quite professional.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez and Reading manager Jaap StamNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez and Reading manager Jaap Stam

“Every training session they are working hard, even the players who know they might leave."

There is a suggestion in those quotes that Gouffran is probably not the only player in that situation but all that the Newcastle manager asks of any player at the club is to give their all for as long as they are associated with them.

It has been a busy summer at the club in terms of transfers and it's perhaps of little surprise that with so many players arriving that one or two may be heading out before the window shuts. It remains to be seen whether Gouffran receives any concrete offers from elsewhere, or if he takes one.

Newcastle United's Isaac Hayden scores their first goalNewcastle United's Isaac Hayden scores their first goal

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