The reports earlier this week that Dan Gosling was going out on loan, may not have been accurate.
Dan Gosling – still to win over Alan Pardew
Assistant Manager John Carver has said that sending Dan out on loan is not on the radar screen yet, but it must also be disconcerting for the Newcastle 21 year-old not to even make the bench on match-days.
Dan has appeared 4 times so far in the first team, and they are all as substitute.
But Dan is willing to stay and fight for his place, and the player’s agent David Hodgson, who has represented Dan his whole career, thinks he still has to win over manager Alan Pardew:
“Dan is a Newcastle United player and if they say they want him to go out on loan then he will go out on loan – but no-one has come to Dan or to me with that suggestion yet so it sounds like speculation,”
“I have advised Dan since he was at Plymouth as a teenager and my advice to him is that he remains at Newcastle.” “He’s got a very big challenge on his hands at Newcastle, no question about that.”
“And the biggest challenge is to win the manager over.” “It is a challenge that he can overcome all day long because he has the talent to but the length of his injury has made it more difficult for him.”
“When you have been out for that long it is difficult to come back into the first team – I know he has been doing well in the reserves, but you would expect that from a player of Dan’s ability.”
“It is a very big challenge, I think we both know that. Alan Pardew has signed two or three players in Dan’s position so he does have a battle.”
“But if he came to me I would say that the best place to win the manager over is actually at St James’ Park.” “That is what he needs to do now, convince the manager he is worth a place in the team.” “His fitness is absolutely fine,”
“Dan is a natural athlete and his character is outstanding, so he will keep working away.” “But it is a long road back when you have been out for 18 months and he just needs to work on that.”
Newcastle have many good wingers in the side right now, like Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan, and in central attacking midfield too, we now have Yohan Cabaye and promising youngster Mehdi Abeid, and they are all competition for Dan Gosling.
But Ben Arfa is also finding it difficult to start in the Newcastle first team right now, but when you have a side winning and playing so well, it’s also hard for the manager, Alan Pardew, to change the side.
Patience is the name of the game for a number of Newcastle players at the moment, and they include both Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa.