Dan Gosling has had a tough time of it since he arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 2010 from Everton, and is finding it difficult to get games at Newcastle.
Dan Gosling – needs more playing time
But Dan isn’t the only good player who is being kept out of the starting eleven these days, as Alan Pardew has quite rightly stuck with the men who have the jersey and are playibng so well.
And that’s why Ryan Taylor, the makeshift left back, is now looking like the real deal in Jose Enrique’s old position.
One word on Jose, those were nice comments he made recently about Newcastle when he said the greatest achievement he has had in football was to get Newcastle United promoted, and he’ll never forget that experience.
And we shouldn’t forget those stars who got us straight back up, some of whom have since left the club, and they include Andy Carroll, Jose, Joey Barton, Steve Harper and Kevin Nolan – they did a great job for the club in its time of need.
And it’s a pity that Jose left us in August, because if he hadn’t, there would be a decent chance he would want to stay at the new Newcastle United, but that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now of course, and he’ ended up at a club 6 points behind Newcastle. :D.
Dan Gosling came on for the injured Yohan Cabaye on Saturday, and although he initially struggled with the pace of the game, he did well in that second half, and it’s always hard to get quickly up to speed with substitute appearances.
A good example of that was Steven Taylor over the last year, and it’s only since he played those last three games of last season, that we are now seeing the very best of Steven, and he’s been in top form this season.
It was great news that Sammy Ameobi got a call-up for the England U21 squad yesterday, and Dan is hoping he was still get the call from U21 manager Stuart Pearce.
This is what Dan told the local press today:
“I’ll be waiting by the phone in case Stuart Pearce decides he wants to ring me,” “It’s always a privilege to play for your country, but from a personal point of view, I also need games so it would be nice to be involved.”
“I haven’t had too many games this year, so it would be good for me to go away and play in a couple of matches.”
“It’s hard to complain too much about not being in the side because the team have been playing brilliantly, and you don’t change a winning team,”
“There’s always going to be injuries and suspensions throughout the season, and even though it’s taken 10 or 11 games, I’ve finally got a chance.”
“There are a couple of players injured at the moment, and even though they’ll hopefully be back soon, it’s definitely the case that other chances will come. “
“There’s a squad of 25-or-so players here, and they’re all ready to step in.” “Every day, you’re pushing yourself on the training ground whether you’re in the team or not.”
“That’s been a really big thing at the club this season.” “The team has been winning so the gaffer has been reluctant to change it, and that’s probably been the right thing to do.”
“We’re just going to try to keep it going and keep bobbing along.” “I always knew it was going to be tough coming to somewhere like Newcastle because you’re competing against top-class midfielders and established internationals.”
“There are some great players in my position.” “There are top-quality players in the stand every week because they can’t even get onto the bench. It’s hard, but everyone’s working together.”
“There are a lot of young players in a similar position to me who go out on loan, and while I’m not ruling it out, hopefully it won’t come to that,”
“If the situation hadn’t changed, maybe I would have looked down that route. But having come on at the weekend, hopefully that proves I’m still in the manager’s thoughts and he wants my involvement.”
“Hopefully, I can make it here without having to leave. It’s just about trying to do your best every time you step onto the pitch. If you do that, hopefully more chances will come.”
It’s a bit worn out advice in football, but all Dan needs to do is keep his head down, and work hard in training and his chance will come.
And the former Everton midfielder must have been buoyed by the way 24 year-old Danny Guthrie has taken his chance in the last three games, as the Shrewsbury-born midfielder had another excellent game on Saturday.
Danny is near the top of our poll for the Man of the Match on Saturday with 29% of the vote, behind only Ryan Taylor who has 32% of the vote.
Stick in there Dan Gosling, you have time to come good on Tyneside.