Our injured free signing Dan Gosling from Everton, has talked to the Evening Chronicle today.
Dan Gosling – wants to play in central midfield
Dan is one of those players, much like Danny Guthrie, who thinks his best position is in central midfield, but it’s usually a tough position to nail down in any team.
And Dan was frustrated at Goodison Park that he didn’t get many chances to play in that position, which is apparently one reason he switched to Newcastle last month.
Dan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I feel most comfortable in central midfield – I feel I give more to the team there.” “My versatility’s worked out well for me so far, but I want to nail down a place where I feel I’m best at.”
“Hopefully, it’s central midfield.” “Usually the manager likes to put experienced players there – it’s the center of the team.” “But hopefully, I can show what I can do, and fight for my place.”
He will face significant challenges in getting a central midfield position at Newcastle mainly with Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Danny Guthrie, looking to hold down the attacking central midfield position.
But Dan is still of course a very long way from coming back from his very serious cruciate ligament knee injury, and he still has a good four months before he will be playing again. We have to hope we have enough points on the board at the end of the year, not to be in another relegation scrap.
So it’s still a fight back to full fitness for the 20 year-old, as he continued:
“It’s the toughest part of being a footballer.” “It’s probably one of the worst injuries you can have, really. It’s been a long, long time, and will be a few months more.”“It’s obviously very frustrating as a footballer.”
“This club should be around the top six in the league – that’s where we all want to go.” “With the lads here, and bringing in a few over the next few years, we can reproduce the form that got us there in the first place.”
“I spoke to the gaffer and the coaching staff before I joined, and their vision is to push on, and get as far up the table as we can.”
The main thing Newcastle supporters are thinking about right now, is whether we can get some points up on the board on Sunday afternoon, when we play a good looking Aston Villa side.
Villa will likely have new signing Stephen Ireland playing in his debut for them – after his move from Manchester City – and we certainly could have done with a player like that – come to think of it.