Central Midfielder Still Likely To Leave Newcastle This Summer

Dan Gosling had probably his best game for Newcastle last Tuesday night at St. Mirren, where with any luck he could have scored a couple of goals, but he looked an excellent player in the middle of the park for the Magpies in that game..

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Dan Gosling congratulates Cisse on his great goal at St. Mirren

But Dan’s tenure at Newcastle may be almost up, and a couple of weeks ago a proposed move to Crystal Palace broke down at the last moment, and since then he’s come back and kept his head down, like you would expect from an excellent professional that he is.

The England U21 International has talked today in the local papers:

“It was nearly there.” “But it didn’t materialize, so I came back here and got my head down, worked hard and have played two games.” “I’ll just play as many games as I can and we’ll see what happens.”

“It was difficult, but it affects people differently.” “I just get on with my job. I’m employed by Newcastle United, and it was no bother for me to come back.” “I’ll just get my head down and get on with my work.”

“I was always happy to be here, and I’m happy to stay, but I need to play football,” “That’s what I’m paid to do, and I haven’t been doing that.” “Whether it is time to move on, or whatever, who knows?

“I just want to play football, whether it’s here or somewhere else.” “The manager has been great with me since the start of the season when we came back.” “Everybody has been great.”

“We have a big squad, and the manager has tried to give everybody minutes.” “It can’t be easy with the size of the squad, but he’s doing a good job. Hopefully, we can all keep going.”

“It was a late call to play against Gateshead, but I was always going to play if I got asked.” “Everybody needs minutes. I missed the trip to Portugal, where the lads had two games, so there’s one game caught up.”

“Maybe there’ll be one or two more to add on still. I’ll keep working hard and get back to fitness.”

Gosling, having seen injuries restrict his appearances for United over the past three years, is at an age where he needs to be playing regularly.

We still expect Dan to move to another club before the end of the transfer window, where he can play more games than he would get on Tyneside, in what is the final year of his four-year contract.

And from what Joe Kinnear said yesterday, in his very decent interview with Sky Sports, Newcastle will be looking to strengthen another position after we get two strikers in, and a young central midfielder may be brought in – and we’ve already been linked with James McCarthy of Wigan.

If that happened then it’s almost certain that Dan would be moved out to another club, where he could get first team football, and he’s played only 26 first team games in his three years on Tyneside.

Newcastle play at Rangers tomorrow night, and we’ll need to see if Gosling gets a game, but it could be difficult to get on, with Alan Pardew likely to play his first team starters in what is the second last pre-season game before we meet Manchester City on August 19th.

We need to see another good performance from the side, and hopefully a win from our lads at Ibrox Stadium tomorrow night.

Dan’s a good player and a good lad, but as he says, he really needs to be playing a lot more games.

What do you think?

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