Benitez confirms he’s been discussing trying this Newcastle player out in a new position

January 11, 2017

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has told the Shields Gazette that he has been talking to Yoan Gouffran about potentially changing his position.

After Aleksandar Mitrovic got injured, Gouffran was brought on to replace the Serbian and moved into a more advanced position.

Gouffran played in tandem with striker Daryl Murphy at St. Andrews, as Newcastle picked up a 1-1 draw.

And Benitez said: “He likes to play there. I was talking to him about that.

“It was a different approach with Mitrovic. We had an idea with Mitrovic and Murphy, but with Gouff it was different.

“He had one or two chances. He did well, but in the end for us it meant we had one substitution already and it was hard to manage the physical condition of some players who needed to be changed or substituted to give fresh legs to the team.”

Gouffran has generally been utilised in a wide role this season, and he has done well.

The Frenchman appeared to have little future at St. James’ Park last summer, but he has forced his way into Benitez’s plans.

Gouffran has scored four goals and claimed four assists in 20 Championship appearances for Newcastle so far this season.

The Magpies are next in action at the weekend, when they take on Brentford and Griffin Park looking to consolidate their place in the automatic promotion spaces in the Championship.