We saw Dan Gosling make a rare appearance for Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, as he came on for Danny Guthrie after 76 minutes.
Dan Gosling – working hard in training
It was a little surprising that Dan was preferred to 19 year-old Haris Vuckic in central midfield, after the Slovenian International had been recalled from his loan spell at Cardiff City.
But Pardew has revealed today that Gosling got the outing because he has been impressive in training recently and working very hard.
This is what Alan Pardew said to the local press this morning:
“I thought that would’ve been a bit unfair on Dan Gosling, who’s worked hard in training and not had a chance.”
Dan hasn’t fared too well this season at Newcastle, and he may even be sold in the summer, but of course the thing Dan has to do is to continue to work hard, and there’s always hope he can finally make it on Tyneside.
This season Gosling has made 13 appearances with one goal for the Magpies, and we still hopes he comes through at Newcastle.
Slovenian 19-year-old Haris Vuckic spent four weeks at Cardiff City this year, and he made 5 appearances with one goal while in South Wales.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay wanted to keep Haris through the end of the season, but Alan Pardew recalled him, once Peter Lovenkrands was injured and out for the season.
With eight players out injured on Sunday, youngsters like Haris, Mehdi Abeid and Ryan Donaldson were all on the bench.
But we expect Cheick Tiote and Gabby Obertan to be fit to play on Sunday at West Brom, and Ryan Taylor is due to return for our next home game against Liverpool on April Fool’s Day.
That should be quite a game and a win would be great for Newcastle’s Europa League chances.
And it seems Alan Pardew will not allow Haris to return on loan to Cardiff City:
“No chance – not with the injuries we’ve got.” “He’s looked good in training, and I did think about putting him on.”
It’s expected Vuckic will get a game tonight for the Reserves against Chelsea at Whitley Park, and the game has a 7:00 pm kick off time, if you want to go along and see some of our youngsters in action.
It’s good Newcastle youngsters go out on loan, and as an example, in the four weeks at Cardiff City, Haris made 5 appearances, and yet he’s only made 5 appearances all season for Newcastle.
And Preston North End were reported to be all ready to take Mehdi Abeid on loan last week, but it appears Mehdi turned down the move, and wants to fight for his place on Tyneside, through the end of the season.
That’s a pity, because Mehdi needs games, and it would have been great experience fro him at Preston, where Andy Carroll was on loan back in late 2007.