Dan Gosling signed for Newcastle two years ago from Everton as a free agent, but he arrived still recovering for a serious ACL injury to his knee he picked up in late March of that year, and he essentially took all of the first season to recover from the injury, making just one late substitute appearance at Sunderland a year last January.
Dan Gosling – in action against QPR last season
This season is massive for the 22-year-old England U21 International, but to his credit he’s looked very good in pre-season, and it seems he could get his chance on Saturday afternoon, if Yohan Cabaye cannot make the Tottenham game, because he’s not yet match fit.
And our other starter in central midfield Cheick Tiote is also a concern, and he’s nursing a calf injury form the game at Cardiff City last Saturday, and is also extremely doubtful for the first game of the season.
This is what Dan had to say in the Shields Gazette today:
“Everyone knows I was injured in the first year, so that was a write-off,” “Last year was my first full one.” “I’d have liked to have played a bit more, but that’s just how it is.”
“I’ll keep battling, and hopefully this one will be a better one.” “Hopefully, I’ll get more games in the Premier League this year.” “I feel good – pre-season’s worked well for me.”
“I’d have liked to have had a couple of goals, but that wasn’t meant to be.” “It’s just not falling for me in front of goal. I’ve had a few chances.” “The one at Hartlepool was disallowed for offside.”
“Hopefully, they’ll come, and the team can progress and get points on the table.” Reflecting on the Cardiff loss, Gosling added: “It was a bad game all round.”
“Hopefully, by Saturday, we’ll be ready for Spurs after a week’s intensive training. We’ve had a few good results.” “Pre-season’s about getting fit, and we’ll all be up to the levels required by the Premier League.”
“It’s a massive week, and hopefully we can get a good start against Spurs and take it on to the Europa and Chelsea, as well.” “It’s going to be tough, but I’m whoever’s picked will do a good job for the team.”
“We know that it’s not going to be easy, but no game is.” “The players will be trying to impress the new manager, and it’ll be a tough start. But we’re a good side, and we proved that last year.”
It would be a massive plus for Newcastle if the young Dan Gosling can come through big time this season, and of course he’ll at least get his chance in the Europa League games, but his form in pre-season suggests he’s getting back to his best he showed while at Everton.
It would be a boon if the lad can come through, but he knows this season is vital to his career, and he seems to very willing to fight for his place.
He’s a good lad is Dan, and we wish him every success in the coming season.
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