Dan Gosling had not played too often for Newcastle this season, but he has made two sub appearances in the last couple of games.
Dan Gosling – will need to be patient this season
And against his old club Everton, he did get a decent run-out almost two weeks ago, when he came on for the injured Yohan Cabaye, who had strained his groin.
And in retrospect, it’s really good that the Frenchman didn’t try to play through the pain, and his injury caused some amongst with Newcastle fans.
But the €5M signing from Lille was playing for France 10 days later, and is now fully fit again to resume his place in the first team at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Phew!
Dan knows he will have to keep the faith at Newcastle, and he will have seen fellow sub Danny Guthrie take his chance brilliantly, when he deputized for Cheick Tiote, and the former Liverpool player has been a standout for the team over the last three games.
Dan Gosling talked to the local Newcastle press today:
“You have to be ready for any scenario.” “The confidence you get from being out there, though, and involved is huge.”
“I will be ready against Man City again.” “They can hurt teams with their front six players and they have a system which protects their leads.”
“It is strange how football pans out sometimes with the game being against Everton.” “It was good to get a run-out. Hopefully, I will get more minutes on the pitch sooner rather than later.”
“Unfortunately for Yohan, he pulled up after half-an-hour.” “It is not easy when you have to make early substitutions.” “It ruined the flow of the game. It took us time to get up to the pace of the match.”
“They put us on the back foot in the second half, but we defended very well. The back four have done brilliantly all season, and we are all in it together.” “The lads who came on did well and it was a good three points.”
“Hopefully, the lads who were injured will be back quicker than expected.” “Manchester City’s squad is a million times better than most clubs, and that is not being disrespectful to anyone.”
“The manager has spent a lot of money, and they have been magnificent so far.” “They have brilliant players, and it will be a difficult game.” “We have players in our team who can open up defences.”
“A lot of teams will go there trying to defend, but we will go there trying to win the game.” “All the lads have been working hard. We had the weekend off, and started afresh this week. “
“Everyone is positive, and full of confidence.” “It is a good feeling. Hopefully, we will keep pushing on and surprising people.” “Everyone wrote us off at the start of the season, but we just go into every game looking to do our best.”
Dan Gosling has made a rather slow start to his Newcastle career and he made just one appearance last season, when of course he was recovering from the very serious knee injury he sustained in March of last year while playing for Everton at Wolves.
And he has made 5 appearances so far this season, but we have to think that as the season progresses, there will be injuries to some of our first team starters, which is when players like Dan can do a job for the club.
And indeed, depending how these fringe players play when they get their chance, could well determine just how well Newcastle do this season.
Such is the importance of the squad in football these days – all players are important.