Dan Gosling will have a tough time next season getting a first team starting position in the Newcastle side.
Dan Gosling – got 62 minutes on Wednesday
Dan will fight it out to find a place anywhere in the Newcastle midfield, and that could be in central midfield where he will have to oust Cabaye and Tiote amongst others, or out on the wing where Barton, Marveaux and Gutierrez, amongst others, will be his competition.
And it’s hardly surprising the lads in America are feeling the heat – it’s forecast to hit 103 degrees F in Raleigh today – but Dan says it’s all part of the preparation for the Premier League opening on August 13th against Arsenal.
Dan talked to the Evening Chronicle from Newcastle’s new base in Orlando, Florida and is looking forward to the season:
“Hopefully, this is a big season for me, and I’ll get off to a good start.”
“I’ve had a few minutes now, and I’m feeling stronger and stronger as we go on, and I’m sure all the lads are feeling the benefits as we go on.”
“I’ll keep working hard in training through the week. We’ve got two more tough games, and after a few more back in England, we should be ready for the Premier League season.”
“It was very tough in Kansas – all the lads felt the heat as soon as we walked out.” “We knew what we were coming into – they’re a very fit side, and technically, they were very good.”
“It was a very good test, and what we needed.”
The Brixham, Devon born player suffered a nasty hit on the head on Wednesday evening, and that wound needed four stitches to close it.
But Dan had a very good run-out against Sporting Kansas, and he had around 62 minutes on the field, which is an excellent work-out for the 21 year-old, who made just one first team appearance for Newcastle last season – a short sub appearance against Sunderland in January.
The temperatures will be in the low 90s in Orlando over the next couple of days, but with the humidity at over 90%, it feels hotter.
Dan talked about that clash of heads on Wednesday evening:
“It took about 10 minutes before I got a nice welcome to the game in a clash of heads.”
“It took four stitches, but it was a quick turnaround, and I managed to get back on the pitch and play the rest of the first half and 15 minutes of the second.”
“I had a shot on the edge of the box when I probably should have got a bit closer, but you can’t look back at all those chances.”
With the Newcastle squad likely to be just as small next season as it was in the last two seasons, and it could be even smaller, we have to hope that Dan Gosling comes through big time for the team next season.
Dan played 37 times with 6 goals at Everton from 2007, and he certainly has the talent to become a big success at Newcastle.
That’s certainly what we’re hoping for.