Good news today that summer signing Dan Gosling is closing in on his Newcastle United debut.
Dan Gosling – could be ion the bench tonight
And it’s possible, and probably likely if he passes a fitness test later today, that he’ll be on the bench for tonight’s game against West Ham United.
Dan accompanied the squad to Wigan, as a means of getting him into the swing of things at Newcastle, now that he’s almost fully fit again.
Gosling ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (knee ACL), in late March playing for former club Everton at Wolves, when he collided with goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about Gosling:
“If Dan comes through a fitness test, he’ll be available for selection,” “He hasn’t played any reserve games, and he really needs one of those.”
“But he’s trained well, he’s a good lad, and I thought it would be a nice boost for him to take him to Wigan.” “He’ll probably be in the squad tonight.”
And while we thought the side tonight would be the side that started at Wigan on Sunday, it looked like Alan may make one or two changes, and could evne give Nile Ranger a first Premier League start.
“I’ve got a couple of decisions to make,” “I need the team to be fresh and right for West Ham, who could change their team.”
“The options are do I put fresh legs in – or do I stick with a winning team? That’s the decision I have to make.”
We still think he will probably start an unchanged side , but we’ll know soon enough, and of course we do have the FA Cup at Stevenage in a short three days time.