Tour Plans Delayed Because Of European Qualification?

Dan Gosling hasn’t played too much for Newcastle since he arrived on a free transfer almost two years ago.

Dan Gosling – hard to get starting spot

He arrived with a bad cruciate ligament injury to his knee from Everton on a free transfer, and played only once last season as a late substitute in the game at Sunderland.

And this season he has played 15 times with one goal, but finds it hard to get a starting position in the team, with Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie and James Perch preferred in central midfield.

The England under-21 International however says he is happy on Tyneside:

“This is a great club to be at. I love it here and the lads are all great. The staff are great, now it is just about me having more minutes on the pitch.”

“That is what I am striving to do. Hopefully, that will come to me.” “We have bought in players of great quality – and I think we will add one or two more in the summer at least.”

“We will have to see where we finish.” “This club will always attract big players.” “We all knew we had quality but I don’t think any of us thought we would have a chance of being in the top four by the end of the season.”

“We have always been aiming for the top 10.” “As the season has progressed we have stayed up in the top six.” “We have been in or around a Europa League spot.”

“That is what we are still concentrating on now.” “If the Champions League comes it comes.” “The aim is always to improve on the season before.”

“It sounds a tough ask, but you would rather be in that position that fighting at the bottom of the table.” “We are not going to be gung-ho and say we are going for that.

“That would just put unfair pressure on us.” “The Europa League is still were we want to be.” “We have to be happy in the top six, but we still have Everton and Liverpool on our heels.”

Things will hardly get any easier for Dan next season, as Newcastle are now expected to bring in five top players in the summer,  to bolster the squad for playing in Europe next season, either in the Champions League or the Europa League.

Newcastle have not definitely qualified yet,  but the chances look extremely good for getting into the Europa League.

It would take 4th place to get into the Champions League,  and then we’d have to play a two-leg tie to qualify for the group stages of that competition.

5th place gets automatic entry to the group stages of the Europa League, but 6th place would again have us playing a play-off game to reach the group stages of that competition, and the season would start a lot earlier.

Maybe that’s why Newcastle are delaying the announcement of their plans for their summer tour, which could be affected if Newcastle qualify for Europe and have to play some early play-off games.

Fulham qualified for the Europa League via the fair play rules last season, and had to play their first game on 30th June.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Good morning all, I dont think we should jump the gun and offload Gosling in the summer, ideally should loan him out to a championship or a newly promoted premier league team .. would do him a world of good in terms of confidence and experience .

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    I like Gozzo but I think that ACL injury has stunted his progress more than the club expected. He was touted as one of the brightest young English talents, I think now that might be wishful thinking. But here’s hoping!

  • check the toastie

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    you never know the lad might come gud, havent sen enough quality from him yet though, think he cud turn into another Nolan, at another club though e thinks.


    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Pardew and the management team have done wonders with average players and Gosling was very highly thought of before his injury problem I still think he could come good plus offloading him further decreases our squad…if Guthrie stays maybe move Gosling on but if he goes then I doubt highly we will sell the lad

  • Graeme

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    He needs to get playing time to get “match fit”! Maybe a full “Pre-season” will do it for him, or maybe he needs a loan spell somewhere that will give him lots of playing time.

    No doubt Pardeau will get it sorted for him as I think he could still be a valuable player for us, especially as we are now also playing in Europe next season!! Big grin lol

  • davybtoon

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    From the last page its pointless arguing about Europe the simple fact is barring a major set of freak results we’ve qualified it’s jus a case of is it Europa league or champions league

    Chelsea arnt gonna win the champions league so forget that scenario

    We have 59pts the highest everton can get is 62pts n Liverpool 61pts so every game they draw or lose u can deduct pts from there final tally, I win v stoke n we can finish no lower than 6th which means we hav Europe n if Chelsea finish lower than 6th it doesn’t matter bcoz it means we will b 4th or 5th

  • davis_toons

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Remb watching his coming on for Everton, looks very promissing can dribble and launch an attack. But after he comes to Newcastle, he seems another player.

    I think time is needed for him to adapt just just some of our players and best is loan him out to pick up more experience rather then keepin him at the club for revs.

    He needed more chance. Maybe a bolton or Wolves will be good for him.

  • pardews waxwork lips

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Just pointing out aswell 5th does not enter at the group stage. League cup winners enter in 3rd round qualifiers, 5th in the league enters at the play off round and the F.A cup winners qualify for the groups . So ideally we want chelsea to win and claim the group entry as if liverpool win they will claim entry in the groups and the lowest qualifying team in the league us chelsea or tottenham. Will get liverpools 3rd qualifying round entry from the league cup where as if chelsea win we will enter at the the qualifying round just before the groups regardless of finishing 5th or 6th…this is off the premier league site too.


    Apr 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    A summer tour to Holland would be nice!!!!

    Would,nt cost too much either!


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