Pardew Still To Be Convinced By Dan Gosling

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.

Comments welcome.

60 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 7, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Ben Arfa should have no problem “finding his place in the starting 11” > How can you keep talent like that out of our first team. He has been out for a while yes, but when fit, his name should be on the team sheet no question about it. The question is how can AP change the team to fit him in. Change formation, drop a forward, let him have a free-range run of the pitch????

  • sirtoongospel

    Oct 7, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    it should be tough for every player to get/stay in the team. we look to have a few options now, still at least one full back. centre back and a striker away from being completely covered.

  • ronaldeano

    Oct 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Ben Arfa should be playing behind Ba or Best imo.

    As soon as one of those loses form, then i think it will happen.
    I also think Marveux should be playing more…
    But as Ed said, you cant really change a winning side too much

  • Dannyo

    Oct 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Right, i’ve been playing FIFA 12 for a few days now, and Santon is a tricky and quick bastard.
    Need to put him on, he and Raylor are world apart.

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #5

    I respect the fact that, given our form, everyone stays in the team. But, AP should introduce these players (e.g. Marveaux, Gosling, Ben Arfa) to the game in second halves. They need the playing time so that the squad feels like a team, if u know what I mean.

  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6

    must be fact if it says on FIFA 12 ha ha

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #7

    haha see Ruiz is saying he’s struggling to get to grips with the speed of the premier league

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #8

    tbf Santon is proper quick and skillful in real life he’s a natural winger but got moved back to defence cos he’s also a class defender and his height helps.. he’s got such a strike on his right foot aswel loves cutting inside (real life not fifa)

  • niffnoff

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #9

    psst Dannyo, Fifa isn’t real life 😉

  • Dannyo

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ll go out on a limb here and say we’re getting ever closer to recreate “the entertainers”.
    I was reading the interview with Keegan today on how he was ahead of time concerning the way he liked to play football, and i think in allot of ways it corresponds with the current team we’re building.
    I won’t say it’s a replica of any sort, there are differences, plus the team is not quite there.
    Keegan said when they bought players, they were the type of players that liked going forward and he said Peacock was the only real defender they had.
    And i see allot of the same things in our current team.
    Santon/Raylor enjoy going forward, Collo is quite technical and can score the odd goal. Saylor is often great on set-pieces.
    Simmo has been told by Pardew that he wants him to go forward allot more.
    Tiote can score the odd goal too, but is a specialist DM and thats maybe were things are a bit different there.

    However, we need improvement on the wings, the right especially imo, need someone with Marveuxs accuracy there, and we need a new Shearer and Les Ferdinand, i belive Ba can fit in the role of the latter, but we need that Shearer. Not the same type of player, just the one that scores goals for fun.
    Pards is obviously doing great work defensively, but there are allot more goals in the team going forward imo.

    Again, we’re no there yet, but i see similarities at certain areas.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Hehe, im well aware matey, just getting some banter going 😛

  • niafron

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Bonjour messieurs.

    I don’t worry for Ben arfa. Pard just wait a good moment .

    There’s more concerns about Gosling.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #13

    tbf Jonas is unreal on fifa he’s far too good and his finishing is immense with both feet lmao

  • niafron

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #14

    If you want my opinion, Newcastle maybe got the most underated squad of the worl.

    When you see the price of the players, and what they do on the pitch, this is unreal.

    Ed still don’t believe NUFC could be fourth at the end of the season.

    As i’m not an old Geordie and i’m not familliar with your lond story of disapointment, i got difficulty to understand such a pessimistic point of view.

    Would you believe it, i never seen Newcastle lose a game.

  • Scottishtoon95

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #15

    On both your comments
    1) Cabaye is great fun to play on FIFA and gutierrez physically can’t lose the ball its amazing. lol
    2) I think the only sort of people in the shearer mold nowadays would either be rooney or gomez from bayern munchen. With maybe the exception of aguero. We can’t afford these types of players and our youth system teaches/develops a different style. Its an extinct striker type on tyneside.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #16

    1st big test of the season so far next Saturday against Spurs if we get a win then we really have arrived. Can’t wait myself some of my best mates down here are Spurs fans so I’m hoping we win.

  • niafron

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #17

    To beat the spurs…

    Will be tough. Would a draw be a good result?

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t want us to win next Saturday, I’m sure we’d be investigated, if that were to happen…..


    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Haha I love that post actually lifted my heart a bit after the day I’ve had.

    Its a hard one to explain many geordies don’t allow themselves to hope anymore (myself included) because NUFC will eventually rip your heart out…just the way of the world. We could win the CL and I’d still doubt a top 8 finish:)


    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #20

    I was offered 35 mill for Cabaye on Fifa I was having none of it. Then offered 25 for Tiote again told them to jog on


    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Wen are france playng?


    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #22

    WWJBD@ Thank god ur nt greedy lyk fat Ass-lee 🙂


    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #23


  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Tonight, 8pm kick-off BST.

    Watching France tonight, stuff England.


    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Haha it was tempting I won’t lie but I Cabaye is class so its alright

    Either Bayern or OM

  • niafron

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #26


    Well, i’m not a superstitious guy, so, the team is good, the results will be good.

  • niafron

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #27

    @Mike’s pocket.

    Don’t expect a great game. Ben Zema, Gameiro, Ribéry and Abidal out.
    We need a win and a draw out of these two games.
    As Bosnia is a difficult opponent, better win today…

    But even win that, i’m not optimistic.

    Will i dare to say it… i think Bosnia will beat us.

  • niafron

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #28

    What is this Shane Long story? Is he catholic? And why could he play for the republic of Ireland? Catholics of Northern Ireland got the right to have the Irish nationality?

  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #29

    niafron I am a long time supporter of Newcastle. Love to see your optimism about finishing fourth but don’t think it can happen with Ashley and given the spending required to get into the Champions League. We should definitely be able in time to challenge for a Europa league spot. Let’s re-visit this in January or February and see where we sit in the division. I am guessing we will be somewhere around 8th by then and that is about where we might finish if we avoid serious injuries to key players.

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #30


    I’m watching purely for Cabaye 😛 If he does indeed play, he’s going to drive you to a win and score a cracker!

    Speaking of French players, how has Cissokho started this season, is he even being selected for Lyon?

  • niafron

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #31


    Well, we’re fourth, an we haven’t seen the best part of the team yet!

    Ben arfa is a world top class player! There’s solutions for this LB problem (either Santon or Fergie).

    And lot of good players on the bench!

    Krull is maybe the best Keeper in the league, the defense got the best record of all the divisions, Tioté and Cabaye are the most active midfield in the league, two excellent strikers…

    And believe me, when you will have Ben arfa on the pitch, you will not recognize the way the team play.

    You know, fact is the team lose four points against Arsenal and Villa.
    With a bit more of selfconfidence we would have secured two wins.

    And the team would be top of the league alongside the two Manchester!

    We can beat such teams!

    We MUST believe in it, or it will never happen. You think you’re cursed? I’m not. And neither are my countrymen in the club.

    We say:

    “Impossible n’est pas français.”

    Impossible is not french.

    Did you read the translation of Ben arfa’s interview i made? He say it clearly: he aim the champions league!

    So it’s the claim of a french guy and the proud geordies can’t match that?

    Wake up Toon! It’s a new era!


    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Aint superstition mate, Newcastle is a beast that needs feeding and our misery is its favourite dish

    Wouldnt trade it for the world though


    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #33

    A call to war to the geordies from a frenchman…well I never thought I’d see the day

  • Dannyo

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Haha, see what supporting NUFC does to u? 😛

  • niafron

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #35

    @Mike’s pocket

    Cissokho is a starter and played fully all Lyon’s games.

    Don’t closely watched him to be honnest. I now watch one or two english games and generally one spanish game each week end, so it leave no time to follow all french games.

    He was not extraordinnary last week against Paris… I read somewhere Juventus want him.

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #36


    As part of the ‘Good Friday Agreement’, people born in Northern Ireland, can identify themselves as Irish, British or both.

    Because Fergie hasn’t played at senior iternational level, he’s still free to choose whose jersey he commits to. Some think he wants to play for ROI, others just say he doesn’t like the NI manager, Nigel Worthington.

    It’s a messy scenario and only Shane knows his intentions (sound like AP there).

    Personally, I couldn’t give a toss, international football is seen as an inconvenience for the most part, these days.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Is Ben Arfa in the france squad ???

  • niafron

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Please, tell you’re Rugby’s players we’re now friends….

  • niafron

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #39


    No, and it may never be… If we don’t qualify, which could happen with our blasted team, Blanc will leave. To be replaced by Deschamps.

    And there’s no way Htaem could play with Deschamps…

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #40

    We’re not cursed, it’s the self-perpetuating paranoia, that holds us back! It creates a defeatist atmosphere.

    We need to recognise, we have a very good team, with some sheer class still to be unwrapped. Eighth should be the minimum this season, but it will be marginal between eighth and fourth, that’s why matches like the Spurs one are enormous!

    I’m with you, Niafron.



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