Yoan Gouffran has no place in the Newcastle United first team

The Frenchman has attracted many critics since losing the kind of form that bagged him six goals before Christmas in 2013 and rightly so.

Ineffective on either flank, lacking end product and having no goal threat resulted in John Carver deploying him in central midfield in the second half against Everton, which predictably failed too.

To compound his misery and sum up his lack of form, he even gave away a penalty when trying to dribble out of his area and being caught by Aaron Lennon.

One of the few positives about his game was that he was willing to track back when playing out wide but with Newcastle still readily leaking goals, other options are surely worth a try.

Emmanuel Riviere was a waste of money

Sometimes goal scoring records can lie. Riviere managed to outscore Radamel Falcao while at Monaco last season and given the Colombian’s shocking spell at Manchester United this term, that fact only highlights the huge gulf in quality between the Premier League and Ligue 1.

Riviere’s two goals in the Capital One Cup against Crystal Palace earlier this year briefly ignited hope that he might rediscover some kind of form but mediocrity soon prevailed and the Frenchman continues to frustrate.

The 24-year-old’s continued inclusion in the starting line-up is made worse by the fact that Ayoze Perez – arguably Newcastle’s best player this season – remained on the bench until the second half. Perez is the one player in the entire Newcastle squad that has the skill and creativity to create something but remains behind Riviere in the pecking order.

Riviere’s lack of form also begs the question over Facundo Ferreyra. The Argentine striker has not made a first-team appearance in any competition since joining on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer and can’t even get into the squad.

With Cisse banned for six more games, Riviere refusing to threaten a barn door and Perez bafflingly left on the bench, where is the risk in giving Ferreyra a chance?

Fabricio Coloccini’s stupidity may cost Newcastle dearly

We all know that the decision to loan out Davide Santon and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa without signing replacements was ridiculous but Coloccini’s red card may be the most damaging decision of the season.

His ugly lunge on Aaron Lennon means Newcastle will play the next three games with ONE fit senior defender…and that’s Mike Williamson. With Lubo Satka the only ready-made replacement in the youth side, it looks likely that right-back Daryl Janmaat will partner Williamson at centre-back in next week’s home game with Arsenal and then the trip to Sunderland.

Coloccini knew the situation and should have used his experience to stay out of trouble until the end of the season but now the club captain has let his side down and it could have huge repercussions. Crystal Palace will almost certainly overtake Newcastle in the coming weeks and with West Brom and Everton both looking a damn sight better than John Carver’s side, Newcastle could finish as low as 14th in the Premier League table come May.