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The French midfielder was withdrawn after 74 minutes at the Britannia Stadium, and Nicholas feels that his inclusion in McClaren’s team suggested that the former England international boss is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.