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.
“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.