Dan Gosling has had a tough time of it in the nearly two years he has been at Newcastle, but it seems he is determined to save his Newcastle career, according to his agent.
Dan Gosling – can he make it at Newcastle?
David Hodgson is his agent and adviser, and he has given an interview to some of the local papers today, and David says he doesn’t know what Newcastle’s plans are for his player in the summer.
It’s hardly surprising that Dan is not happy at not being in the team, and when everybody is fit he’s had a tough time even making the bench at Newcastle.
With the possibility that Danny Guthrie will not stay at Newcastle, when his contract runs out in June, Newcastle are likely to bring in a few central midfielders in the summer, and we’ve already been linked with a number of them.
Gosling has appeared 13 times with one goal this season for Newcastle, and of course he arrived at Newcastle when suffering from a very serious anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee.
Last season was almost a wash-out for the player, who turned 22 last month.
This is what his agent David Hodgson said:
“I don’t know what Newcastle United’s thoughts are, they will make their decision. At this stage I have received no indications that they want to cash in on Dan.”
“If Newcastle decide they do want to get rid of him I would say they are making a huge, huge mistake.” “He’s very professional.” “I’m not going to say he’s happy because he’s not playing at the moment but he wants to achieve things at Newcastle United and I still think he can.”
“I speak to Dan pretty much every single day. I have been a professional footballer myself and have gone through it myself. It is tough but my advice is to stay at Newcastle, a very big club and to make a success of it.” “He has to win over Alan Pardew but he’s trying too hard to win over Alan Pardew at the moment.”
“He is trying too hard but I don’t think he has to try too hard. “My advice to him is that he’s trying to be that quarter back type player and that’s not his job. His strength is his goals and his goal-scoring ability.”
” Look at the stats of the boy going in the box. He gets in the box more than any other player at Newcastle United and he could be that player who scores seven to ten goals a season for them. I would say he’s more of a David Platt-type player.”
“He has been through a lot of turmoil with injuries and having to relocate and everything,” “What he really needs right now is a bit of a confidence boost. Everyone needs that when they have gone through a tough spell.”
“When he comes back in the summer he will have his first full pre-season for a while and then we will see what Dan Gosling can do for Newcastle United.”
It would appear that the Newcastle manager is not yet fully convinced by Dan Gosling, but the lad can still come through, if he continues to work hard in training, and starts to show some of the form he is capable of.
But it’s a toss up as to whether he can make it on Tyneside in the two years he will have left on his contract come June, as the standards required at the club have increased sharply this season, and will become even higher next season, when we could be in Europe.
We’ll take a poll to see what the Newcastle fans think.