With Newcastle unable to train at their Benton training headquarters very much at all over the last few weeks, it has impacted Dan Gosling’s return to full training.
Dan Gosling – comeback hampered a little by bad weather
On Sky Sports yesterday, Alan seemed to be rather critical of the indoor training facilities, saying the ground was too hard and it jarred the joints of his players, and they couldn’t train on it for more than a day or two.
Alan said it was hardly the most modern training facility. And he also hinted he would meet with the Newcastle hierarchy to get some improvements made.
Maybe that means an improvement in the indoor playing surface, but more likely it will be to install under-ground heating at the Benton training headquarters.
Liverpool have that in place at their training headquarters, and have been able to continue their training without too much interruption over the last few weeks, and manager Roy Hodgson was waxing lyrical about it yestarday.
It would seem that underground heating at Benton would be a very good investment for the Newcastle club. We’ll keep a check to see if any improvements are made to the training facilities after the season ends – we hope so.
Pardew talked about the lack of suitable training surface and that is has delayed Dan Gosling’s comeback just a little:
“Dan Gosling is back in training, but not impact training, as we’ve been inside,”
“He’s a good three or four weeks away yet. He’s not far away, but the cold weather’s affected it slightly.”
Gosling’s return to full fitness soon, Steve Taylor signing his new deal within a day, and hopefully Ben Arfa signing a new contract at Newcastle early next month – will give Alan Pardew essentially three new players in January.
That will delight Newcastle fans everywhere, and it all sounds very good to us. 😀