Dan Gosling has made it known to Alan Pardew that he is desperate for a first team opportunity at Newcastle.
Dan Gosling – eyes closed against the Columbus Crew
Dan seems now fully recovered from his gruesome knee injury he picked up almost eighteen months ago at Wolves, when playing for Everton.
But he;s finding it hard to get a first team place, although he did start at Scunthorpe, but that was rather a frustrating game for the 21 year England U21 International.
It seems that Dan will at least be included in the 18 man squad for today’s game at Villa Park, and we were hoping he may even get a start today.
Alan Pardew is showing some good old fashioned common sense with Dan, and he wants to ensure first and foremost that he is now fully recovered from his gruesome knee injury:
“We’re in good shape at the moment, there’s a lot of competition. Someone like Dan will feature over the next three games,”
“He has to try to nail down a position in this team because he’s been out for a long time.” “He’s had to be patient and you know there are a lot of players who – when they have an injury – it’s easy to forget about.”
“We’ve tried to concentrate on Dan and make sure that his rehabilitation has been sound.” “I think it has been and he’s ready now to push on.”
While we hope Dan will start today, it could be that Pardew has him penciled in for the Carling Cup game at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.
And that could also be the time when youngsters like Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi get starts for the first team, although the Carling Cup for Newcastle is a priority this year, since it’s something we could actually win.
When youngsters are coming through the ranks they are naturally wanting to play in the first team, but they all have to exercise some patience too, as an important part of Alan’s job is to bring the young ones through successfully on Tyneside.
Newcastle’s left back, 20 year-old Davide Santon will have treatment over the weekend on his knee, but exactly how long he will be out is now open to question, since the injury may not be as bad as first thought.
Pardew has said on Thursday night it would be four weeks, but that’s a minimum, so it could well be he’s still out until late October at best.
And the injury jinx hits Newcastle once again, and of course we do not have a very big squad, which is why we believe Newcastle could bring in as many as three new players in January.
And news yesterday that the club have released young Italian striker Fabio Zamblera by mutual consent.
This means he will become a free agent, and hopefully can link up with some other club, but it just shows that however good you are when young, sometimes you just don’t make it – at least not at a club as big as Newcastle.
And with James Tavernier out for another tow months on loan at Carlisle United, he has been followed by Ryan Donaldson, who will have a month’s loan spell at Tranmere Rovers.
Ryan had spend a couple months on loan earlier this year at Hartlepool United, where he played 12 times for the team.