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.