It was great to see Dan Gosling have such a good game on Tuesday night at Columbus.
Dan Gosling – looked great at Columbus
The 21 year-old showed so much energy in that game, and he was a little unlucky not to score, and could have even have had a hat-trick with a just little bit of luck in front of goal.
But it’s little surprise that Alan Pardew was pleased with the overall performance in the Columbus game, because he saw some very good performances, with new boys Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux doing particularly well.
And teenagers Vuckic, Tavernier and Dummett also looked very solid, with Haris Vuckic scoring a terrific goal right at the end.
Most of the Newcastle squad returned to London in the early hours of yesterday morning, and then got the plane from Luton airport back to Newcastle.
The lads will all gather together tomorrow at the Benton Training grounds, and get ready for the game at Leeds United on Sunday.
And of course Newcastle will now have their full squad together again with midfielders Yohan Cabaye and Joey Barton back from the Holland tour with the Reserves.
New fathers Danny Simpson and Mike Williamson will also be back, and Pardew will have some selection choices for the Leeds United game.
But Alan seems pleased with the American tour:
“I am very pleased.” The three games in the USA have been really tough, which I expected.”
“We’re going to play Arsenal in our first game and we have to be beyond even the intensity and toughness we showed in the US.”
“We have pushed the players. We were overloaded in Orlando and that was evident – we did too much work before that game.”
“We learned from that in Columbus and we saw some great performances.” “There were some great performances – one from Dan Gosling, for certain. and Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba in particular.”
“They really make me feel that a couple more players and we aren’t far away.”
It was good to see Demba Ba hit some form, because what we saw from the player at West Ham earlier this year, suggests he can score a lot of goals for Newcastle this coming season.
And if Dan Gosling continues his good form, he will also be pushing for a first team position.
So at least the competition for places seems to be increasing nicely this pre-season, and that’s exactly what we want to see, and the Newcastle bench hopefully will be a lot stronger next season.
That’s of course assuming the team can avoid too many injuries, which is probably our number one concern right now.
Danny Guthrie, Shane Ferguson and Ben Arfa are all out for at least another four weeks.