This will be an extremely important season for 22 year-old Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling, as he tries to get more playing time in the Newcastle first team, after already being at Newcastle for two years now, but it has been an injury ravaged stay so far on Tyneside for the former Plymouth and Everton midfielder.
Dan Gosling – in action last season
Of course Dan arrived on Tyneside on a free transfer from Everton two summers ago, while still recovering from a serious ACL injury, he had picked up against Wolves in late March of 2010.
And basically his first season at Newcastle was spent getting fully fit from that injury, and he made only one substitute appearance at Sunderland that first season on board.
But last term Dan found it difficult to get games, and managed 16 appearances with one goal, so the Brixham-born player has to push on this season, and to be fair he’s looked good in taining and one the tour so far.
Dan Gosling spoke to The Journal from Munich:
“It will be a tough battle but I’m up for the challenge. Hopefully I’m here for the long haul.” “I am aiming for a good year.” “Yes. I want to stay and fight for my place like anybody else.” “There have been work-outs. You want to give as many of the lads a run out as we can.”
“We lost to Chemnitzer and it’s not nice to lose. But that’s just the way pre-season goes.” “Fitness is the key at the moment now though. Chemnitzer start their season next week.”
“We won’t underestimate any team. The teams we have played have been tough so far.” “There’s been plenty of chances to score.” “There was another one when Haris Vuckic took the ball from my feet against Chemnitzer too.”
“But as I say it’s about fitness at this stage.” “Last season we lost pre-season games but we can turn it around. There are tough games coming up.”
There’s no doubt this is an important season for Dan, and since if he has only two years left on his contract, if he doesn’t come through this term, he could well be sold next summer, as Newcastle will not let him run down his contract and become a free agent in the summer of 2014.
But the lad wants to stay and fight for his place and apparently Blackburn wanted to take him to the Lancashire along with Leon Best a couple of weeks ago, but Dan didn’t want to go and will fight to get into the Newcatsle first next season.
And on the positive side there should be some opportunities for that, with Newcastle also in the Europa League next term.
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