Gosling Will Find It Tough To Earn Starting Position At Newcastle


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.

Comments welcome.



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79 comments so far

  • safferman

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    It wont be tough for Gosling, we already have injuries stacking up, he’ll be starting in no time…

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Safferman
    Agreed
    We havent strengthened the squad enough to cover injuries and we are relying on injury prone players to cover injured players.

    Not sure if this is a proven formula for success like!

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  • geoff777

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Gosling will get in the team.

    It’ll be Jonas and possibly Barton who will have to fight for their places.

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  • Andy

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t think gosling will be too close to the first team as it stands as a cm but i do think he could challenge for the rb spot and probably get a start there

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  • bosamuelson

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    NUFC_Richyg01 from a previous post

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  • Brutooon

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    we are top of the injury list for the last 10 seasons. Gosling will get his games

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  • Felipe

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed, I see your strategy now. I thought you were just being daft always mentioning what a paper thin squad we had when it plainly isn’t the case but now that you’ve started mentioning it in every single article you right it’s just dawned on me (when you talk about what a small squad we have and how difficult it will be for Gosling a utility player to get a game in the same article it’s pretty obvious) that you know it’s not true and divisive which gets more hits on your site so you sell more advertising. I can’t blame you for doing that so from now on instead of being realistic I’ll join you.

    WOE, WOE, WOE. THE END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH. TOON DOWN TO LAST 30 PLAYERS!!! RELEGATION LOOMS. WE’RE ALL DOOMED!!! GIVE YOUR SEASON TICKET TO SOMEONE YOU DON’T LIKE. MAKE THEM WATCH RUBBISH FOOTBALL INSTEAD! SIX MORE FIRST TEAMERS THAN LAST SEASON WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH. THEY WILL ALL SUFFER MANIC DEPRESSION FROM READING BLOGS BY TOON SUPPORTERS AND SPEND THE ENTIRE SEASON IN AN ASYLUM ANYWAY. WOE. WOE. WOE!!

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  • P.I.

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Depends where we are short and who is sold between now and the end of the transfer window.

    From what i remember of Gosling he was impressive as an attack minded midfielder. He may be able to play right back but he’s a threat in forward positions.
    I would have him on the bench and certainly ahead of Guthrie to be brought into the fold should he be required.

    Wonder how Cabaye is settling in and what he’ll be like in the early part of the season.
    Lot of importance placed on that lad like, lets hope he does the business and saves Ashleys bacon…

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  • ArtyH

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #9

    From what I have read Gosling seems to think he plays best as a DCM, now thats Tiote’s position, but hey, how many games will he play before he is suspended?

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Open Letter to Mike Ashley. Feel free to forward it on to the press office St’James Park.

    Mr Ashley , One early injury To Demba Ba And the team out there on the pitch will be scratching around for points and playing from a position of weakness .

    Supporters will be come frustrated and say ,,

    We told you so . So please go out now and replace Andy Carroll With A Top Top Striker .

    If you don’t do that, we’r in trouble from the off.

    You have got the money ..So whats stopping you .?

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  • Andy

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    People in France are still shocked Cabaye and Marveaux joined us the french guy on talkcrap said last night! Gosling looks a lot taller than i ever remember him. Looks a bit of a beast as well. He’ll be an improvement on our other utility man ryan taylor. If Raylor stuck his mind to challenging for one position maybe he’d be a better player? AP should decide his best position and try keep him there

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    @Felipe- You need help if you can’t see that we have a paper thin squad. We’re talking in terms of quality not quantity. And no, I don’t want to see your list of 30 players, 12 of which have never started a premiership match.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Open Letter to Mike Ashley. Feel free to forward it on to the press office St’James Park.

    Mr Ashley , One early injury To Demba Ba And the team out there on the pitch will be scratching around for points and playing from a position of weakness .

    Supporters will become frustrated and say,

    We told you so . So please go out now and replace Andy Carroll With A Top Top Striker .

    If you don’t do that, we’r in trouble from the off.

    You have got the money ..So whats stopping you .?

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  • P.I.

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #14

    @Felipe

    If I am unfortunate enough to have to read another one of your comments on this blog,could you please try to write something which makes even the slightest bit of sense, and isnt just inane rambling.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Lads:
    Im selling a White Ford Fiesta Zetec S 1.6litre engine with street pack, privacy windows and bluetooth connection only 4200miles on the clock and just under 1 years old 10 plate.. £11,000 ono.! if anyone knows anyone who wants a very nice sporty looking car please let me know.. im only selling due to financial requirements otherwise i would keep cos i love this car

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Online Guy
    Been saying that for 4 years fella!!
    Ask anyone on here!!
    Still no joy……………….

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #17

    The Jabba lovers are in very short supply these days, or maybe they have changed theyre names, as theyre spines have turned to mush!!

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Duplicate //sorry guy’s, Keyboard probs or a glitch in the system.!

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  • P.I.

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #19

    @GeordieToon89

    Whats ‘Street pack’?

    More of a retro VW man myself. Old Golfs, Beetles, Campervans, Corrados, Polos, Ventos, Sciroccos, Passats … you get the idea.

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  • north east lincs toon

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Geordie toon I will give u my season ticket for it or a mug of tea which one?

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  • Felipe

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #21

    @barryvenison: If you include our new signings (which I assume you will?) we have 26 players who have started a premier league match. Paper thin?
    Don’t tell me about quality. The quality was good enough to have finished 9th last season and this season we have Ba, Marveaux, Cabaye, Abeid, Gosling and Ben Arfa with a new striker to come to improve on that having lost only the troublemaker Carroll and the aging Nolan. You need help if you don’t think that’s an improvement on last season.

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  • Felipe

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #22

    @OnlineGuy13: Pardew has said we are going to bring a striker in. We’re in negotiations for Erding (and probably a few others) but the management are a little tied up with a preseason tour. What’s wrong with you? Deaf or stupid?

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Christ, there’s over a month until the window ends, and we’ve done 4 transfer and two more will come in, and then the possible replacements if any.

    Have some faith ffs. Some here are like kids screaming “Mommy, mommy, mommy” on every damned post they put out there. Use your heads already.

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  • Felipe

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #24

    @PI14: No.

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  • Felipe

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #25

    @Dannyo: Thank god I’m not the only grown up on here. Well said!

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  • the knowledge

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #26

    @felipe. U can’t include gosling or Ben arfa for improving the squad as they were in squad last year. Just coz they were injured, the point is if players get injured then we are short on quality.
    Oh, and if u find the blogs and posts so depressing don’t read them.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Felipe
    Dont youy think that when people come on here and infer that others are deaf or stupid, they are the only deaf and stupid people on here?

    I think so!! Thick cloth eared Tw@

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Felipe

    4 of the players you mention in your post 21 are a massive risk..

    .Injury wise HBA is already out , Gosling could break down at any moment , Marveax has not played for nearly a year…Ba has a glass Knee..

    Its all very scary …and its strange how we have signed free players with a history of bad injuries or injury prone.

    And before you argue the point that’s the truth at Newcastle United and that’s the policy.

    Can you see that ?

    Ashley’s Policy ..Proved beyond doubt now.,

    Buy all the Dodgy free transfers. Failed Medicals and bad injuries welcome !

    That’s all we are getting from this man.

    Can you See that now ?.

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  • ash-out

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #29

    @ P.I.

    Felipe makes perfect sense to me. I am sick of people squealing about our thin/ wekaer than last season squad. Fair enough we have lost Nolan, but we have signed 3 first team players and a promising young player.

    Routledge made v little contribution last year and will be gone soon. Sol and Shfki made pitiful contrubutions.
    Plus we have Gosling and ben Arfa who will be in and around the first team who were absent last year.

    Hoefully Tavernier, ferguson and vukic can push their claims to be in the squad.

    We are trying to sign two more players. can we calm down and stop ranting about Enrique, Barton, Smith,Perch etc leaving (it has’nt happended yet).

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #30

    When I say Buy… I mean spend £35 million on 2 free transfer’s

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  • Felipe

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #31

    @the knowledge: I am saying that those 6 players are the difference between now and last seasons 12th place (should have been 9th) in our first season back in the premier. That’s a fact.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Felipe,
    ” The quality was good enough to have finished 9th ” we were good enough to finish top if we’d only beaten a few more teams under that logic you TOOL!!

    fact is we didnt finish 9th we finished 12th!! WHY??? because we did NOT have the strength in depth to sustain the late surge we went on!!

    Christ on a bike!!

    Your more blinkered than friggin cousto or have you changed your name coz your spine went …

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  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Felipe we finished 12th not 9th.

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  • Felipe

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #34

    @onlineguy28: I wholeheartedly support the policy until it is proven not to work. As of now we finished 12th (should have been 9th) in our first season in the premier and I believe we have improved considerably on what we had available last season. If we finish below 12th this season I will question the policy but until then I’m right behind it.

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  • the knowledge

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #35

    We are well covered in midfield and goal, but up front and at the back we need additions. The reason ppl are getting anxious is coz we have heard this all before. January, pardew said he was bringing in 2players, none in Jan(kuqi came in Feb). More recently, pardew said 1 would be in before the tour. Erding, whether it is him or his agent causing the delay, isn’t to fussed otherwise he would have been in by now.
    I’m happy with our policy of not overpaying, but the longer we leave it the higher prices will go and the less likely ashley will be to sanction it

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #36

    @ ONLINE GUY // Jul 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    How can u say those things and call yourself a “supporter”. You’re far from supporting, infact u’re just fueling whatever fire there is. You’re destructive, not supportive. Learn the difference.

    Every single time u come on here to say something, it’s always trash talk about our beloved club.
    Now either grow some balls and get behind the club and push things forward with your voice, or go support teams closer to your heart, like Scumberland.

    We are building something, incase u haven’t noticed, that takes time. We are building financially, we are building a team.
    Btw, Hatem isn’t injury prone, he’s too quick for others, so he gets hit by late challenges. Injuries like groin or Hamstring issues means u’re prone.

    When we go out there the upcoming season, and we finish (atleast) 8th, u’ll prob whine about us not getting Europe or things like that.

    I’ve had it with people like you who continuously put the club down, the players, the managers, the owners. There’s no pleasing the likes of you.
    You are as destructive as they come.

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  • the knowledge

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Yes but 2 were already in the squad, so its only 4 that are the

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  • Felipe

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #38

    @angryman: To be honest I was absolutely delighhted with 12th place in our first season back in the premier. My target was one above relegation. Now as long as we build on that what is there to complain about. I am prepared to give the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise rather than whinging like a bunch of bairns in a sweet shop.

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  • Dutchmag

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #39

    I was at the reserve game last night, from what I saw of Cabaye in the first half looked quite impressive, some good tackles going in and covered plenty of ground. Joey was prob best player on the pitch, vocal and very competitive. Xisco played the first hour, I’ve reserved judgement on this guy until now as I thought he never really got a fair chance, on the basis of last night he was lucky to get into the reserves, at least when Airey / Donaldson came on in the 2nd half it created more of a threat up front and took the 2nd goal well. I estimate about 50 or so toon fans there last night, Joey even came and had a chat with the few who arrived early before kick off, Pedro was a real gent and I was kind of hoping he would chuck on an orange top and show us some of his skills, got a load of pics which I will put the link up for when I get a chance.

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  • the knowledge

    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Yes but 2 were already in the squad, so its only 4 that are the difference. Would u have Leon best in that list as he missed the majority of the season?
    I agree we are better than last year. Even pardew has said that the squad is “stronger then the second half of the season, and nearly as strong as the first half of the season”

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