We have been impressed with a lot of the players’ performances over the last couple of games in pre-season, and especially the youngsters, but 22 year-old Dan Gosling has also looked very good and energetic in midfield for Newcastle, in those two games.
Dan Gosling in action against Liverpool earlier this year
There’s no doubt that Dan has had a tough time of it at Newcastle since he arrived from Everton on a free transfer two years ago, but Alan Pardew seems to have been recently impressed with the lad, who spent his first season at Newcastle in the treatment room, recovering from a very serious ACL knee injury.
The England Under-21 International has started all thee games on the tour, and Alan Pardew is hoping that Dan will follow in the footsteps of Ryan Taylor last season, when Ryan came back from the cold, and nailed down the left back position for the first half of the season, and as Ryan has said, he had his best season in his career last term.
Dan has the ability to do what Ryan did last season, no doubt about that, and there will be some opportunities in central midfield for Dan to shine next season, with both Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie having left Newcastle for pastures anew recently.
Alan Pardew had this to say to the local press today about Gosling:
“He’s going to be important to us next year, and with a bit of luck he’ll make a breakthrough like Ryan did.” “He was very good.”
“That was the best I think Dan Gosling has played for a long while. Forget about the game, he’s also been great in training and in and around the team. Now we hope to see more of that.”
Dan Gosling will know that if he plays well for Newcastle he will get significant playing time from Alan Pardew, who showed last year that anybody coming in and playing well for the team will keep their place.
One example of that was Newcastle’s Brazilian star Perchinho, who played for Newcastle at center-back, full back and defensive midfield earlier this year, and got significant playing time from Alan because of his excellent performances.
Of course Dan can look forward to starting the Europa League games in mid-week, and we only hope that Newcastle can qualify for the group stages of that competition.
Dan has showed he is not only happy on Tyneside, but he wants to stay and show the Newcastle fans what he can do, and he was linked with a possible move to Blackburn Rovers just a few weeks ago, but turned that opportunity down.
And Dan showed his commitment to the Magpies last week when he said:
“I want to fight for my place in the first-team like everybody else.”
We think Dan can make it on Tyneside, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed he can do just that next season.
What do you think?