Dan Gosling played 16 times for Newcastle last season with one goal.
Dan Gosling – big season for 22 year-old Dan Gosling coming up
It seems that Dan really likes it on Tyneside, but he may find it even tougher next season to get games for the first team, but we will be back in Europe and so Newcastle will play a lot more games than the 43 games they played last season.
It will help that Danny Guthrie has decided to move on to get first team football elsewhere, but Newcastle have already brought in Romain Amalfitano from Reims, who can also play in central midfield, as well as on the right wing.
And we have youngsters like Slovenian Haris Vuckic and French Algerian Mehdi Abeiod, who we would expect to come through to play for the first team a lot more next season.
And Newcastle have been linked with West Brom’s Youssouf Mulumbu, but all young Dan – he turned 22 in February – wants to do next season is to play a lot more games:
“I just want to get more time on the pitch.” “We all knew we had quality here but none of us we’re going round saying that we’d be in the top four at the end of the season.”
“We always just aimed for top 10 and as the season progressed we were still up there and it went to the Europa League.”
“We’d have been very happy with it if we’d been offered it.” “I still love it here. It’s a great club to be at.” “This club will always attract players but hopefully my opportunity will come.”
Gosling will need to buckle down, get extra fit, and just hope he can force his way into playing for the first team more times next season.
Dan came on a free transfer two years ago from Everton, but of course appeared only once in his first season on Tyneside, while he recovered from a very serious ACL knee injury.
Dan signed a four year deal at Newcastle, so he have to hope he can do really well next season, otherwise he could be sold next summer, rather than Newcastle losing him on a free transfer in two years time.
We may be wrong – that’s happened before – and while we wish Dan all the best, he could find it difficult to get too many first team appearances next season.
What do you think?