Dan Gosling Deserves A Chance At Villa Park


Dan Gosling has been getting a few games recently to help with his match fitness.

Dan Gosling – must be patient

Last week he started for the England U21 side in their 4-1 win against Israel,  and yesterday he had a good game and scored two goals in Newcastle Reserve’s 6-0 thrashing of Norwich City at Whitley Park.

The 21-year-old was surprisingly not included in the Newcastle squad that travelled to Queens Park Rangers on Monday night, which is one reason he got a run-out yesterday.

Dan not only scored twice but had an assist on another goal, so he had an impressive game yesterday.

This is what John Carver told the local Newcastle press about the England U21 International:

 “Dan is not in the picture at the moment. But all he needs to do is keep doing things right, like he is, and he will get his chance.”

“I think he only has to look as far as Ryan Taylor to see that, because Ryan is a great example.”

“You can give yourself every chance by waiting for the opportunity and then taking it when it comes.”

Dan Gosling is a good player, no doubt about that, and he needs to keep the faith and exercise a little patience, but we’re sure he has a big part to play in Newcastle’s future, and we’d love to see him get a run-out at Villa Park on Saturday.

Dan could come in on either wing or could help top bolster Newcastle’s central midfield, since  Cabaye and Tiote were simply over run and out-numbered on Monday night.

And the word that best describes the Newcastle team so far this year is resilience, as they played under tremendous pressure at QPR on Monday night, but didn’t wilt and managed to keep another clean sheet.

Of course,  we’d like to see the lads do a lot more attacking than they were able to do at QPR, and we look for an improved  attacking display at Villa Park on Saturday.

John Carver is clear that Newcastle have improved their resolve over last season:

“That is the type of game we would have lost last season,” he said. “We couldn’t have got a result like that last year because we did not have the same resolve. Now we do.”

“The players will be the first to admit that they weren’t at their best, but we were resolute and we have picked up another point.”

A draw on Saturday against an unbeaten Aston Villa side would be a very decent result, and a win would be …….. terrific.

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27 comments so far

  • Alberts_tash

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Be good to see him get a longer run out

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    yes a win would be terrific but you cant be afraid going to the likes of villa if you are you may as well stay in the championship villa are not a top six side anymore we should go there and have a go

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #3

    1st!

    Yes, but only in a 4-3-3, which is the formation we should be playing. (4-5-1 witohut the ball)

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #4

    on gosling i dont know pardew fancies him all that much to be honest.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    ha ha tom feel stupid cos u should!

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  • Carl92

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #6

    We should play 4-5-1 with gosling in for ameobi and swap guti for marv. Then play Ba upfront by himself with the support of obertan marv and gosling aswell as cabaye. If he goes forward thats when i beleive we will se the best of cabaye. But he seems to sit in DM with tiote alot. Ohh and obviously santon for raylor.

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #7

    agreed boom, but they have a good squad. an away win is always massive. i think it will be a hard game for us and some guys are gunna have to step up and assure fans we do have an attacking style. so far this season i havent seen the free flowing footy we didon occasion last season, nothing like it. the defence has held very well and hopefully AP is working on the ground balls and more importantly the abil;ity for our stagnant players to learn to move occasionally to support the forward flow of movement we have been poor so far really though have got the results which is interesting being a fan whos never seen this happen to us before lol

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  • aussiemag

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #8

    From other post:

    @Tom_Toon

    Obertan one of our better players the other night
    Give me some off what yur smokin lad He was non existant except for the first 5 mins You wombat!

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9

    No resolve ? Is he joking ? Nolan and Barton and Colo , no resolve ? My arse.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope Gosling is better than he showed re Scunthorpe, because if not , he can stay in the reserves. Whats the story on this guy fellas? Genuine talent? Would he get on the Villa team , or QPR ? Tks ….

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  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #11

    obertan was the only one able to carry the ball and draw in defenders, also was the only one moving off the ball and the only one with any genuine pace

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    aussie obertan played well and defended well.. faded later on

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #13

    ashtree we must have watched the same game …. 😀

    exactly what i thought. looked a threat if he wasnt the only one of our players near the ball

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #14

    im gunna have to stop playing poker here. its fu cking killing me :S eek

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #15

    and this barton reping himself and mckay reping qpr stinks…

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  • John

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #16

    i dont see why Cabaye should be starting and finishing every game he hasnt earn that right for me, havent anything out of the ordinary with him, we need at lease one of or CM driving into the box getting on thwe end of things Cabaye was supose to be the newer younger Kevin Nolan to me he looks a holding player, maybe start Gosling and bring on Cabaye.

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  • G.unit

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Your wrong aussie.

    Not saying Obertan was brilliant but he was one of the better players on the night, if I had to choose one.

    Hope Gosling gets a start on Saturday. Would love to know what his true position is. If CM I can’t see Cabaye or Tiote being dropped. Although I can see him fitting into a 4-5-1 formation!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #18

    John – Cabaye is probably the best player in our squad outside of Ben Arfa. He was never meant to be a younger Nolan and it good that he wasn’t otherwise we’d have a lazy, cant pass, slow good for nothing except getting rebounds from Carroll’s shots, midfielder. You need to get into rehab for that crack addiction.

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  • weg

    Sep 14, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Against QPR we were clearly overrun in midfield and too many players were below par. Quite a few teams are now starting to adopt 5 in midfield. I think we should too, especially away from home. The quality of our midfielders is higher than the quality of our strikers.
    I’d like for see gosling alongside Tiote and Cabaye, but allowed to roam free and surge forward to help the striker.
    For us, the game has to be won in midfield, since the strikers are suspect.

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  • kenzie

    Sep 14, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Yeah i would agree that Gosling deserves an opportunity from the bench relatively soon. A win away to Villa seems unlikely(hope i’m wrong) as our performances, sunderland second half aside, have been quite poor of late. I would like to see marveux start a game too and Ameobi the younger is more unpredictable, therefore more dangerous than his now very predictable brother.

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  • Robson Wonderland

    Sep 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #21

    If Gosling gets another chance on Saturday I hope he makes a better hack at it than he did against Scunthorpe because he was terrible that night. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt though and a couple of goals last night seems promising.

    I can’t understand why so many people seem to have a high opinion of Obertan. The guy flatters to deceive – his touch is good and he has good pace but he never threatens to actually do anything. Second half on Monday he was non existent and his movement was atrocious. I hope I’m wrong but I think we’ve already seen the best of him. I’d much rather see either Sammy or Marveaux start the next game – both are much more direct and all-round better footballers.

    The main problem this season which I think we are suffering from is the loss of Enrique. All of our attacking moves last season came down the left hand side as Simpson is woeful in possession. Now that we’ve lost Enrique, we can’t play out of the back because our full backs aren’t comfortable enough on the ball. Case in point on Monday was when R Taylor had the ball at left back and Jonas made an overlapping run – whereas last season he’d have almost certainly got the ball or Jose would have made a run forward, Taylor just launched the ball crossfield to the other side of the pitch, and we lost possession.

    We need to get Santon into the team asap so that we have someone who can keep possession without having a shit fit (Simpson).

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #22

    For Villa game:

    ===============KRUL================

    R.TAYLOR==S.TAYLOR==COLO====SANTON

    ============TIOTE===CABAYE==========

    OBERTAN^=======GOSLING’========JONAS*

    =================BEST”===============

    R.TAYLOR IN FOR SIMPSON BECAUSE OF HIS ABILITY TO
    SCORE FROM FREE KICK (AND BECAUSE I LIKE HIM MORE THAN DANNY)

    SUBS:
    *MARVEAUX FOR JONAS IN THE SECOND HALF (OR REVERSE IF FRENCHMAN STARTS, JONAS CAN DO BETTER DEFENSIVELY TO KEEP RESULT IN OUR FAVOUR)

    ‘ALSO IN THE SECOND HALF, IF GOSLING WOULD REALLY LOOK OUT OF PICTURE, WE COULD SWAP GOSLING TO GUTHRIE AND PUSH CABAYE IN MORE ATTACKING ROLE

    ^AND IF WE NEED TO KEEP THE RESULT AND TRANSORM OUR TEAM INTO MORE DEFENSIVE,WE COULD CHANGE OBERTAN WITH SIMPSON AND PUSH R.TAYLOR INTO MIDFIELD

    “WE ALSO COULD TRY TO USE FRESH LEGS GIVE DEMBA BA A CHANCE IN THE SECOND HALF. HOPE A.P SEES IT 😉 WHAT DO YOU THINK GUYS?

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  • evildick

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #23

    @Troleibusiukas_LTU

    That’d be my line up for villa too, although I think Simpson deserves to start at RB. He is improving every game.

    Raylor for me is a decent utility sub.

    I also want to see Vuckic given a chance off the bench for 20 mins in that attacking mid role.

    Can’t wait for ben arfa to come back!

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  • Willo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #24

    Krul
    Simmo Colo Saylor Santon
    Tiote Cabaye
    Raylor Gosling Jonas
    Bestie

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  • blissna

    Sep 15, 2011 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #25

    Totally agree with Willo. Raylor has earned a chance to play in his favoured position. Having Santon and Gutierrez linking up may free Jonas up to make his famous ‘edgeoftheboxwinsfreekick’ runs. Gotta fancy Raylor to put one away at some point.

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  • timuJ

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #26

    Don’t you think its a bit naive to include raylor just for his free-kicks….as a full-back his primary duty is to help defend and then support the wingers, two things he is NOT good at. he is brilliant for 1% of a game when we have a direct free-kick, the other 99% very questionable.

    i would prefer santon on the right but without a proper left back its simmo and santon on the left for me.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #27

    I like that team Willo. Not sure how good Gosling is ….looked awful v Scunnie . I’m far from convinced that Obertan has the bottle to succees either . In fact none of the summer signings have really impressed, bar Cabaye, and that is in patches. He lies too deep for us to be effective, but Pardew wants to play long balls from defence and he has admitted that this is what he expects from Cabaye.

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