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.