Gosling May Have Earned Himself A Start At Sunderland

Dan Gosling played so well yesterday in the friendly game against Hibs, that watching first-teamers Kevin Nolan, Steve Harper and Joey Barton applauded the 20 year-old off the field after his excellent 70-minute display.

Dan Gosling in action yesterday

And manager Alan Pardew was also very impressed and talked earlier today about Dan giving him some serious food for thought,  as to whether to start the 20 year-old  against Sunderland on Sunday.

It must have been great for the youngster to come through that first game for Newcastle so well, and he talked today about possibly playing at Sunderland:

“Yes, of course.” “I would love to play at the Stadium of Light against our arch rivals.”

“To play any game in the first team at this club is an honor, and I’m sure it will happen for me sooner rather than later.”

“I don’t know if it will happen on Sunday, I really don’t. I’m sure the gaffer is going to talk to me about it.”

Sunderland were also very keen to sign the England U21 Intentional in the summer, but Dan only wanted to sign for Newcastle, and of course that’s just exactly what he did, and for a good fee too – nothing.

Dan is mature enough to still talk well of the Everton club, who signed him from his home-town team Plymouth Argyle in January of 2008, just before he turned 18.

And Dan scored his first ever goal for Everton against Sunderland in a 3-0 win back in December, 2008.

Dan continued:

“I’ve got great memories of the Merseyside derby. You get one goal and it’s instant hero!”

“It was the manner of it that made it so special, hopefully that can happen to me again – even Sunday, who knows?”

“Hopefully I’m one for today and tomorrow and many years to come. I was pleased to be out there again.”

“Hopefully on Sunday against Sunderland we can go there and get three points.”

Gosling apparently was close to scoring a full three times against Hibs yesterday afternoon, and should have had a penalty too.

The major thing we heard yesterday was that Dan was moving into some great positions on the field, and the Newcastle fans will start to realize what a gem of a signing Dan could be at Newcastle.

So we may not sign too many new players in  January –  though we still hope too  –  but at least we’ll have both Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa to look forward to playing for the club in the months ahead.

Sounds good to us.

Dan was pleased that he could withstand the physical challenges of yesterday with his knee, which will give him great confidence in his recovery:

“I did OK and I was pleased with my contribution. To get 70 minutes under my belt was great for me.”

“I wanted to fully test out my knee in a game situation.” “I knew it was nice and strong, but there’s nothing like going into a tackle in a game.”

“I went in for a few in the game and I came out OK.”

If we were to hazard a guess we think it may be too soon for Dan to start the game against Sunderland, because he will hardly be able to last more than a half, but he could well make his debut by coming on as a sub in the second half.

And we feel certain he will at least be on the bench for Sunday’s game, and yesterday’s news was really very good news about Dan Gosling.

Comments welcome.

164 comments so far

  • benarfan-toon

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Got a sneaky feeling something bad will happen too him, hopefully not!

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Too big a risk to start him

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Probably the wrong game to bring him back…tackles flying in all over the place and 100mph pace to the game…there’s no rush let him play a few more reserve team games.

  • Bucks mag

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #4

    GeordieGerrard – I remember you saying in the past that you had played against him as a youngster, how highly do you rate him and where do you think is his best position?

  • Fostino

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #5

    team for sunderland!!

    harper, simpson, taylor, colo, enrique
    routledge, barton, nolan, jonas
    ameobi, carroll (if still injured then best)

    i hope smith dosent play, if pardrew wants to keeps barton on thr right, then i would play guthrie before smith and bring on gosling if guthrie is struggling

  • DeanToon88

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t wait to see him come on as a sub on sunday against the scum, see how mutch of a impact he makes and how he plays.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    like Toonboy says, starting him would be a HUGE risk, I think keep him on the bench, see how the game goes and bring him on after 60+ minutes.

    I wouldn’t worry about the tackles etc, he has played in the Merseyside derbies so he knows what these matches are all about.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #8

    @ Fostino // Jan 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Good line up mate

    with a bench of:
    Krul, Willo, Ferguson, Guthrie, Gosling, Best, McLoven

  • PalmerToon

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #9
  • jamiemt

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Definately best position CM but he can also play DM and RM

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #11

    @ PalmerToon // Jan 13, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Well we dont want players coming here for a payday, Im glad that we are not being held to ransom by players like we have in the past.

    Bentley, Larsson – Thanks but no thanks!

  • PalmerToon

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #12


    Yes I know what you mean… Apparently he wanted around £40k a week to join!

    Birmingham are also paying Bentley’s wages of 70k a week! Ridicilous!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Why are we not knocking on this door:


    Adam Hammill, dubbed “one of the most exciting prospects outside the Premier League”
    Available for £500K

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Taylor is out injured so better change the back line mate is the game on live in England not abroad

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #15


    UK TV: None

    Overseas TV:

    6 Eren Setanta Sports (Canada)
    AD Sports HD3 Sky Sport 1 (Ger)
    C+ Urheilu Sky Sport HD 2 (Ger)
    Digi Sport (Rom) SportKlub (Cro)
    Fox Soccer Plus SportKlub (Serb)
    Fox Sports 2 (Australia) Tring Sport 2
    Fox Sports Basico TV2 PL 1 (Nor) +HD
    Fox Sports Premium TV3 Slovenia
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  • daneevz

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Staylor is a major doubt for sun so i think be colo and williamson in defense

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Did Xisco play in the reserve game?

  • daneevz

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle United are preparing a move for Tottenham playmaker Niko Kranjcar as the Magpies appear to be struggling to secure a deal for Birmingham City midfielder Sebastien Larsson. Alan Pardew is looking to bring in a creative midfielder as he looks to strengthen his St James’ Park side ahead of the second half of the season that could see the club move upwards towards a top six finish or down into a relegation zone.

    The Croatian international is very much surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane and has only started one Premier League match this season and whilst the 26 year old has been linked with moves to the continent he may prefer to continue to ply his trade in the Premier League.

    Harry Redknapp is looking to trim his unwieldy squad and to that end has already loaned out David Bentley and will more than likely offload Robbie Keane as well and will reportedly be looking for a fee in the region of £6m for Kranjcar which would be a very fair price for a player with undoubted ability and a desire to prove any doubters that he has a lot to offer.

  • daneevz

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #19

    arshavin has might come available wonder ow much hes on any chance of a loan?

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #20

    wher did u get tht about Kranjcar daneez?

  • dunzer1990

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Adam Hammil- £500k?? that sounds like an absolute steal why let the Tangerine twats snag him when he is exactly the type of player we should be chasing!

  • balubas1

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #22

    If it is a choice between gosling and smith.. id go for gosling no matter his fitness level. Smith is a horrible footballer… Totally useless

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #23

    @ balubas1 // Jan 13, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    I know Smith is pants, but the risk on going for Gosling would be agrovating his injury.

    Buty of having Gosling on the bench would be an injection of pace vs tired legs.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Strolla, Jonas, Saylor and Bull have all been passed fit to play the unwashed

  • Fostino

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #25

    smith invites the pressure on and has zero creativity….he is well past it. i hope they ship him out the first chanc ethey get because getting paid 50 k just to be a good influence around the dressing room is ridiculous!

    i think kranjcar would be a great signing!!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #26

    @ Fostino // Jan 13, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Thought Smith was on £70k?

  • Fostino

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #27

    i hope not, 50 k seems to stick in my mind for some reason…..he was an aladyce signing where himself, geremi, barton and viduka were signed on killer wages

    if he was on 7ok, id say every effort would have been made to get him out of the club

  • Oba

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Would absolutely love Kranjcar. Very good player.

  • davybtoon

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #29

    adan hammill for 500k is a bargain we should be goin for him

  • PalmerToon

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #30
  • Oba

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Not very reliable but it wouldn’t surprise me if we were interested.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #32

    the game is mlive stateside for all you yanks at 6 in the morning on fox soccer plus hd…

    sorry ive been mia lads, its good to be back, ive been reading the blog and comments staying current just havent had the time to comment but im back now. Im officially retired from the us army as well. Finally i have time to spend with my wife and kids to make up for all those years i had to leave em to head overseas to one shitehole after another…..anyways hwtl

  • coolcatcarter89

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Remeber, we have a 1 goal head-start against the Royal Anuses, they play Bramble 😀

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #34

    also its being reported shola, jonas, enrique, and tayls are all fit for mackems, carroll still hit or miss. I wouldnt risk starting Gosling. Id like to see guthrie start in the engine romm as a defensive/holding midfielder and keep barton on the right. If the ngame is too much for guthrie bring gosling on. Apparently guthrie had a great match yesterday and remember lads he was our best midfielder last year, give the lad a go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ganiyu

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #35

    pls who is the highest earner @nufc?

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Bucks mag- he will be a huge talent and a massive fans favourite, he has the same engine as Joey and plays with a lot of heart, if he plays Sunday he will score guarantee it. He is box to box and excellent passer of the ball.

  • jaw4life

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #37

    completely agree about guthrie Sgt., spot on mate

  • daneevz

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Transfer Window: Newcastle Linked With Villa Midfielder Reo-Coker in Cut Price Deal
    according to bleacherreport.com

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Colocini on 86 thousand a week

  • daneevz

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #40

    that doesnt involve barton

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