Newcastle have done well over the last two years in the transfer market, but one player who has yet to come through at the club is former Everton midfielder Dan Gosling, who arrived at Newcastle as a free agent in the summer of 2010.
Dan Gosling - in action against Atromitos in August
Dan will likely be on the bench tonight for the important game at Everton, and of course the England U21 International arrived at Newcastle suffering from a serious ACL knee injury – the same injury Ryan Taylor picked up against Atromitos at St. James’ Park last month, and an injury that used to end football careers not all that long ago.
And Dan made only one substitute appearances at Sunderland in his first season on Tyneside, but with with only a couple of years left on his four year contract, it’s time for Dan to show through this season, otherwise he may be sold next summer.
Dan’s exit from Everton was rather an ignominious one, after he had been given a verbal offer for a new contract from Everton in 2010 but not a written offer.
And the PFCC (Professional Football Compensation Committee) decided that Everton were therefore due no compensation for the player they signed from Plymouth Argyle in 2008, who at the time was said to be worth around £4M.
It’s unlikely that Dan will get a good reception if he comes on for Newcastle tonight, and this is what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had to say about the 22 year-old today in the local press:
“I think whenever you go back to your old club you want to do well, and I’m sure Dan will too.” “I think it’s a big season for a lot of our players.” “I’m giving them plenty of chances and opportunities, and they need to take them.”
”Some are, and some really haven’t been given the opportunity yet.” ”But they will do, and hopefully they’ll take it.”
Dan appeared 14 times for Newcastle last season with one goal, and he has made two appearances this season so far in the Europa League, but we think he’ll have to come through this season, if he is to remain at Newcastle for next season, because if he continues to be a fringe player it’s likely Newcastle will sell him next summer, and not allow his four year contract to run out in two years time.
What do you think?