Tremendous Compeititon In Newcastle Midfield Next Season

Dan Gosling will spend some time at a world class fitness center in the US in the summer, to get himself 100% fit for the upcoming  season.

Dan Gosling – back this summer fully fit

Tim will then link up with Newcastle, when they start their three match US tour in July, and we’ll finally see the 21 year-old in action again for the side.

But with Johan Cabaye being signed soon, and Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote, Joey Barton, Alan Smith, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Shane Ferguson and  Ben Arfa  all fighting it out across the midfield,  you wonder where Dan will get a game.

Indeed the great Ben Arfa is coming back, and Alan Pardew says he will play him in the hole behind the main striker, so you wonder where captain Kevin Nolan will play, since he has played in that position the last couple of seasons and scored 30 goals for the side.

Alan Pardew hasn’t seen too much of Gosling, as he’s been recovering from a serious ACL knee injury for the last 15 months, but he’s a good player and Ben Arfa and Gosling should ensure the squad is a lot stronger next season.

Alan Pardew talked about the England U21 International today:

“Everybody tells me he’s a really good player, and I’m looking forward to seeing that for myself,”

“Dan has been really unfortunate with injuries and, because of that, I simply haven’t been able to see him play.”

“I know he has been working exceptionally hard to get fit, and I’m hoping that when we’re back for pre-season we’ll get a good chance to see what he can offer.”

“There’s no doubt that Dan has the potential to be a very important member of the squad,” said Pardew.

“It will certainly be great to have him available, because the reports from his Everton days are very impressive.”

Dan made one very short sub appearance at Sunderland last January,  and Ben Arfa made 4 appearances, with one tremendous goal against Everton, before sustaining that double break of his left leg in early October.

Johan Cabaye is expected to sign for Newcastle last next week, after completing his international duties with France in Belarus last night in a European 2012 qualifier, and the French will then play Ukraine in Donetsk, and Poland in Warsaw next Monday and Wednesday.

France only drew 1-1 last night, and have allowed Belarus to take 4 points off them in their two games, Belarus having won 1-0 in France.

Cabaye wasn’t even on the bench last night for France.

Another Newcastle target, Kevin Gameiro did make the bench, and was brought on in the seocnd half  as a replacement for  Loic Remy.

Chelsea’s Florent Malouda got France’s equalizer just two minutes after Belarus had taken the lead, but it was another poor showing from the French side.

With wingers and strikers expected to arrive this summer on Tyneside, there will likely be tremendous competition for the four midfield positions next season at Newcastle, and of course that’s exactly what we want to see.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • listie

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Be a new signing for us

  • archaeomag

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    He can cover for Cheick Tiote when he is on his regular 3 game bans.

  • alkinou

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, it’s Yohan Cabaye 😉 not Johan

  • toonarmymike

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    ed cabaye was on the bench last night.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Van Wolfswinkel joins Sporting for 5.3 mil lads.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Tiote and Cabaye look first choice, with Nolan playing in there if we go 3 in midfield.

    As for Jonas he’s the one true winger, Fergie is our LB and Ben Arfa will play as a forward.

    Ruling out smith and Barton, it’s not that plentiful.
    Gosling will get plenty of time next season if fit and could challenge Nolan.

  • kilcline

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Kid is class, pray we actually get some luck with injuries, useful at right back too.

  • Toonboy

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8


    Simpson Taylor Coloccini Enrique

    Nolan Tiote Cabaye

    Gervinho Ben Arfa


    Yes please !

  • Kris

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    I am agree, Ed! Cant see Gosling will play much in the midfield next season. Hope he gives Simpson some competition on the right back!


    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Reports in France claim Liverpool and Newcastle are chasing Sochaux winger Ryad Boudebouz.

  • CynicalasEva

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Sturridge needs t obe our No1 target – EPL experience, young, fast, eye for goal – who knows might even want to play in front of 52000 unlike a certain spanish loving frenchman

  • toonfan76

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Guys, do any of you think that Gameiro is gonna have a tough time from the fans if he does come to the toon, Knowing we weren’t his first choice? In fairness to the guy though, he probably wasn’t our first choice for a striker. Don’t think it will effect his performances. If he is an honest player he will work hard for whichever team he plays for. Lets be honest, most of us didn’t get their first choice for things in life!

  • nufcgaz687

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    my mates an everton fan and use to go and take his boys to watch the reserves alot and he says before dan got his injury he had the potential to be as good as gerrard

  • geoff777

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Gosling play.

    I guess if he can do a better job at RB than Simpson that would allow Pardew to play Nolan.

    If not I see Gosling being so much better than Nolan in midfield that Nolan should start on the bench.
    A big problem if Nolan is captain.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    toonfan76 what people dont understand is that its not that he doesnt want to play for newcastle its that he prefers the style of football in la liga to the premier league… and for all we know he could have told to say that to keep the media from gettin hold of it…. if he does come and people give him a hard time they r fools

  • CynicalasEva

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Suns reporting “Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been photographed visiting a hair restoration treatment clinic in London.”
    hopefully shrek went to the plastic surgeon next door lol

  • geoff777

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18


    He’ll look a right muppet with a mullet.

  • supervil

    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19


    You see Gosling being better than Nolan…. “this will allow Pardew to play Nolan”????

    Are you for real? He got 12 goals from midfield this year. Nolan effectively kept us from a relegation battle this year. We should be singing the praises of our new Rob Lee, not saying a crocked youngster is putting him out the team next year. Nolan should be starting, no doubt.

    Seriously, some of you guys are unbelievable…

  • geoff777

    Jun 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20


    Nolan’s goals were mainly from his partnership with Carroll.
    It’s just an opinion of a possible scenario.

    No need to throw a wobbler.

  • Cardboy

    Jun 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Supervil… totally agree Nolan kept us out of the relegation battle, not single handely admittedly but his contribution throughout made the difference between staying out of the regelation fight in the last few matches. Amazes me how he is not featuring in so many incipated team selections. He’d be first in if fit for me.

  • geoff777

    Jun 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    How does Cabaye fit in the team with Nolan in a 4-4-2?

    Gervinho – Tiote – Cabaye/Nolan – Jonas

    Do we play 4-5-1 so we can play Nolan?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 4, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #23

    i think Gosling can be our Gerrard in few years time

  • tsunami

    Jun 4, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #24

    We have a lot of options in midfield,but am amused when Pardrew say’s they will be behind our main striker. Has he not got the picture yet? We don’t have a main striker yet,we have possibilities that we may sign, but to date we have possibilities that don’t want to sign for Pardrew and Ashley.If we had a trusrworthy board and a manager that did’nt openly admit to filling his own players with bull,then i think today we would be singing from a different song sheet.

  • geoff777

    Jun 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #25


    Gosling could become an England midfielder with a good run in the team.
    He really does have potential.
    Hopefully he’ll still have pace.
    His passing is excellent, very intelligent and can score from outside the box.

    I can understand the loyalty to Nolan but in my opinion Gosling is international quality and Nolan isn’t.

  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Nolan is pure class,gives 110% all the time.
    He has the passion and a great eye for goal,would be stupidity to leave him out of the team if fit.
    We will need to rotate the squad as they looked tired and injuries crop up so we will need em all.
    Never seen Gosling play but excited from what others say bout him.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Jun 4, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #27

    i feel like a child with an argos catalogue before xmas you want all the toys but you know you are going to be disappointed.all the names we have been linked with the longer the wait the standard of player will drop. in the end we will be grateful for anything we will be told that gosling and ben arfa will be like getting 2 new players and of coarse we have to give some of the young players a chance.


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