Saturday, May 29, 2010

Christian Gourcuff comes to Yoann Gourcuff's rescue

Arsenal and Manchester City target Yoann Gourcuff has recieved the blessings of his father and mentor despite growing media discontentment about his present form.

Christian Gourcuff lambasted those calling for the head of his son, and maintained that the boy deserved his place in the French national side, and will definitely set out with the sole aim of proving his worth to all and sundry at the forthcoming World Cup to be staged in South Africa.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who at 6ft 1in has the potential to be termed a genuine Arsenal transfer prospect might not quit the Haillan outfit (Bordeaux) this summer in spite of their failure to qualify for Europe. However, the Gunners might be tempted to step in with a last minute bid, if Barcelona target Cesc Fabregas decides to quit the Gunners for an unlikely return to the Camp Nou.

Yoann showed eye-catching glimpses of his brilliance and dictated the midfield proceedings of the match expertly to power Les Bleus to a 2-1 victory in their midweek friendly against Costa Rica, pleasing not only French fans with his contribution, but also his dad.

The elated Christian, who currently manages Ligue1 side Lorient believes his son has to be put in the right tactical setup for him to be able to exhibit his talents without hindrance: "Yoann is a player who constructs, not a finisher," the manager said.

"He played a big part in the Costa Rica game, because he was given the freedom to move around the pitch.
I didn't really understand this 4-3-2-1 system with (Franck) Ribery in (Yoann's) place. Ribery is an attacker, not a midfielder.

"For a while now, I've been reading some outrageous things about how he is out of form.
It's true that things have been a little more difficult this season but going a month without playing has done him good.

"His recent matches have been rather satisfactory, notably against Lorient. Even though he still needs to build himself up a bit, his industry and confidence is growing. Overall, it's good."