This Is One Newcastle Player Who Has Impressed This Year

In the last few months of his four year stint on Tyneside, Dan Gosling is finally getting a chance in the Newcastle first team in midfield, and he has looked a good player in the last three games.

Swansea City's Shelvey challenges Newcastle United's Gosling during their English Premier League soccer match in Newcastle

Dan Gosling – impressive in last three games

And Dan will be alerting a number of clubs with his good form, because he becomes a free agent in the summer, and his form in the Newcastle side of late is such that one or two Premier League clubs could now make a move for him this summer.

This is what Dan has said today:

“Of course you have a think here and there about your future.”  “The main focus though is to keep playing and help the lads claw over the line and get a top 10 finish.”

“There has been a lot of talk that our season is fading away and we’ve given up, but I think everyone knows that isn’t the case. We showed heart and desire against Swansea.”

“Our work-rate was good and we pressed all game.”  “Swansea never got their passing game going.” “We stifled them, and were very unlucky to lose – I don’t think we deserved that at all.”

“Through the season, you always get criticism.” “You get great feedback as well when things are going well.”  “It’s best to try not to take any of it too personally.”

“We just stick together, and have to try and come out and win games on the weekend.”

Good words there from Dan Gosling, and he will be leaving Newcastle this summer and has started the last three games for the side.

Dan has now played 34 times with one goal for Newcastle, and earlier this season he played 14 times for Blackpool with two goals.

We suppose there’s a possibility that Dan could still be at Newcastle in September, and one scenario where that could happen is if David Moyes is brought in as manager, and if he then convinces Dan he will get some games next season.

Gosling got games under Moyes at Everton when he was a youngster.

But that scenario is probably unlikely to happen.

Comments welcome.

121 comments so far

  • Spreadthetoon

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Hahahahahahahahaha! Funny…..


    Taxiiiiiiiii! Taxi for Pardew! Would love it if someone sent a Taxi round for Pards round Benton, in front of all the plyrs…..
    Tell you what if I was a Taxi driver I’d do it meself! lol

    Time for AP to go. I can sympathise with him to an extent with the loss of Cabaye etc. But to be heavily reliant on such a few plyrs is a joke! Where’s plan “B”, I don’t think he’s got one. Furthermore we loose our most creative players and yet HBA and Marveaux hardly feature…..instead we use Dan F’ing Gosling…..OMG AP is a tool!

  • G

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    I was a huge fan of DG when we signed him, I was delighted. Unfortunately although he isn’t a bad player, he hasn’t turned into the player I expected him to become. Good luck Dan, but close the door on your way out, and do try not to injure yourself.

  • Rainrix

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    That’ll be a new 6 year contract for gosling then. Honestly the only thing you need for a contract at our club is to be an ashley and a pardew loyalist. Sign me up pards i could do with the money, and a laugh.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    What do people feel about this?

    I think Pardew is getting sacked one way or the other, that is why he is selecting his players.

    Players like Shola, dummet etc.

    Going his way if you know what I mean.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5


    Pardew is a mediocre manager nothing more nothing less.

    He is built to keep a team in mid-table, he needs those quality players to choose from. If he hasn’t got them to choose from he will slip, that’s what mediocre managers do. Enough wins, and plenty losses to go with it.

    I don’t think anyone has said he is anymore than mediocre have they?

    What I do know though, is if we had Remy and Cabaye playing week in week out every week since January that mass of points we have would be more and we wouldn’t be on this run right now. So i’d have to disagree with your comment, Remy and Cabaye were instrumental with us being in fifth in November. We do not have the quality to come in and replace those players. This is how i see it.

    I don’t know how you feel about our squad of players as a whole, but I do not buy into the notion we have a great squad. I’ll be brutally honest and say they are either shi*e and would be mid-table anyway regardless of the manager or they are too inexperienced at this point in time. (The youngins).

    I can’t see any manager taking us into the top 6-8 with this squad as it is. I can’t see at all.

    The problem is with a lack of investment and ambition for me. There is a problem with the quality in depth, it’s been that way since Pardew arrived. And also there is a problem letting are top players go often and not suitably replacing them at the correct times. This sets us back a canny distance each season.

    Just my two cents.

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t like to criticise Ed, but what a loaf of tosh. Gosling has had a good year after playing four games. Howay man.

  • jimBOB

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    I would hold onto Gosling anyway, not because we wont sign anyone but becasue he has just started getting games and he is the only person I see busting a gutt on the pitch, yes some of his passing went astray on Saturday but he hasnt been in the first team picture since his injury (so ever) just think he is worth atleast another year to see what he can do on a regular basis.

  • 70TWO

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    NUFC have been reduced to being cannon fodder due to the lack of back bone and any distinctive game plan. No doubt Pardew will point to losing Cabaye, who identified that despite the influx of his compatriots that NUFC were still way off achieving anything. Now we suspect other players will be following his lead and looking for pastures with prospects.

    The fixation of maintaining a Premier League status at the expense of cup competitions and with the minimum of expense, seems to be the ethos perpetuated about NUFC. This would indicate Ashley does not have the desire to generate a positive image of the club, which would ideally attract the young quality players that he intends to bring in cheap and sell for a profit.

    The policy of selling the most improved players has left the club without the quality and authority that is needed on the pitch to compete in the PL. The amount of profits created has been countered by the loss in other revenues and has left the club reliant on the TV money. Ashley needs to seriously consider the policy that he is following before he decides on his manager, as the capacity of the club to incorporate a whole stack load of new young recruits has been diminished and resembles a crater field on the pitch.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    If Alan Pardew is a Mediocre manager then Mediocrity must have hit a new low.

  • Scottiedog

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    I too think we need to think we need to hold onto him. With a bit more game time he could be our new Nolan that we really miss!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Gosling is a decent player who has been unlucky by injuries. Needs a run in the team – got nowt to lose by starting him in the last three games and hopefully he impresses – I would keep him will be a good premiership player if given a run in a team and stays injury free.
    And is a Brit.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Have read a lot of articles recently.

    How many off days do our players get? Quite a lot I guess.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #13

    <3'd gos at everton but sadly i think injuries taken the edge outa him and the prem has evolved from his type of play !

    he would prob get 5 goals a season but imo thats not enough of a return for a player who offers little else (even though we desp need goals atm) abied would be better option as backup next season imo and even vukic if its to add goals.

    goofy needs to be played upfront now not on the wing anymore as he's fastly becoming a jonas there and he's the only one who can hit the target for us atm.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    The visual torment which will come from the game against Arsenal live on Monday Night Football should carry a health warning for toon fans.

    Alan will be getting his excuses bedded in today in the pre-match interviews.


  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Guess what our players have had 3 days off training this week alone.

    All Down to the manager in london I guess. Pouting looking fwd to his night in casino.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Himanshu – 9. Indeed it must have.

  • 70TWO

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Laurent Robert 32

    Bingo card at the ready.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    it seems mr ashley went into a strop after sports direct refused to give him a bonus of 70mil ^^ so he’s threatening uncertainty over the future for them !!!

    so at least we know its all about the money where he’s concerned.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #19

    how many goals and assists has Gosling contributed in those games?


    Pardew’s failure is his inability to develop and integrate talented players. he doesn’t trust them so writes them off. A good coach could see it as a challenge.

    I don’t buy that Ben Arfa, Marveaux, MYM etc have become bad overnight and are unselectable . They have just been ”pardewed” and lost all confidence. Those same 3 players would look totally different under a Martinez, Rodgers, Wenger etc. You must see that surely.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20


    wouldn’t you love to see it all come crashing for ashley. A more unpleasant, undeserving and arrogant, misery making individual would be hard to find

  • jazzyp

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    How many games this season has gozza played-5-6……. So how the hell has he had a good season. It just shows how pants the squad is when willo and gosling are our star performers.
    Never mind we are trying to sign a player that has hardly played this term, much like Ldj…. Emmmm just smells of success !!

  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    I hope we keep Gosling, I don’t think he has been a burning revelation, but he has been playing better than the likes of Gouffran and others.

    The other thing, this is probably the only time since he has been here that he has got 3 starts in a row… a player breaking through at any other club would not be expected to be a world beater in 3 games… so there is a lot of room for improvement. (Aaron Ramsey comes to mind)

  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda heights – in the 3 games that Gosling has played in… none of the starting 11 have scored or got an assist.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #24

    (Forgot about the Ameobi goal – but that is his once in a blue moon contribution)

  • croftus5678

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25

    @19 rotonda

    i agree

    mbiwa played in an attacking team where pressure was taken away from defence by attacking and he’s not become a bad player just he’s been pushed into constant defending which would result in panic decisions.

    arfa/marv have to be fair always been inconsistant and i dont think they have lost talent as they clearly have not but if you was to put them into an attacking side like arsenal ect like you say there consistancy and value would rise a lot imo.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    How Pards broke Willo – Mbiwa partnership.

    After 2 successful clean sheets against Spurs and Chelsea. Debuchy was suspended having picked up his 5th YC.

    So in the match against WBA Pardew and his infinite wisdom brough colo back and Mbiwa was moved to RB.

    So in the next match against Norwich Mbiwa made way for Debuchy

    That is how ladies and Gentlemen you play your favorites.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    @26 himanshu

    i agree mbiwa is our future so he needs to constantly play at cb if he makes mistakes or not he needs to be played there !

    willo is our most important cb at this time (even though in reality he is still only avg) but colo should and hopefully will be going.

    time for curtis/streete/mbabu to step upto covering cb i think next season if no one is brought in.

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #28

    We really need a quality demanding big defender that can head and actually jump for the ball.

    Above 6ft 4 should do it and should play alongside Mbiwa!

  • 70TWO

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Gosling has finally been a consistent starting place and is improving match by match, looking at his stats he is not bad. Probably all to late if new players come in and he will equally be back to square one if he got even a minor injury. If he gets a good offer elsewhere he will be gone, if he stays it will not be to improve his career.

  • valle

    Apr 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #30

    Why are every freakin manager we are linked with british? There are no good british managers available, so whats the point of buying all this foreign flair if you are going to coach it with a dinosaur?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #31


    There is no such word as “Pardewed”. Atleast not to me anyway.

    The problem with those 3 players is they are inconsistent. All have had runs in the team, had there chances, so it has nothing to do with being unselectable. They are making the bench but have been overlooked.

    Im not saying they are not decent players, just inconsistent.

    My thoughts are the 3 of them have became unreliable, they are hit and miss. And to be fair, they always have been when they have each had a run of games.

    Colo is our captain and i’d say he is our best centre back (overall). So I can see why he walks straight back in. Williamson has also had an OK season, he was excellent for most of the time up until Christmas, he earned his spot.

    M’biwa has been completely hit and miss, he is unreliable. BUT, we have to remember it is his first full season at NUFC. He walked into a relegation scrap and injury crisis last year which was down to an inept owner. You can’t judge him on that. I’ll expect better performances next season from him.

    Ben Arfa has had an awful season. He dosn’t follow instructions, his work ethic is poor. He’s a complete liability to the rest of the team. His injury record has been shocking over the course of his contract and his rehab work is a disgrace. You may of read about squad members showing there dislike about him even making the squad? He is talented and he can show it when he fancies it, but it is not often enough and that is his problem, consistency.

    Marveux? I’d much rather have Gouffran there personally. But again there has never been any consistency when he has been given a run of games. Apart from setting up Cisse at the back end of last season im at a loss as to what really this lad has did that makes him so talented?

    I don’t hold the same views as you Rotonda. Im alot more open minded about where this club is at. And what is causing the turmoil season after season. It makes no difference to me which manager is in charge right now, the club will always struggle for success living under these policies and restrictions.

    Sadly in my view, I can’t see a major change in fortunes until this owner has left. All of the same policies will remain and the squad is no where near invested in enough for the top 8.

    It’s all about saving the coin to Mike, he never wants to put his own money into this club again. Infact, it’s hard enough for him to spend the clubs money.

  • Spoof

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #32

    why do people believe that Marveaux was a good player before he joined us, he wasn’t, in the 3 seasons before he joined us due to a combination of injury and not being good enough to get into the side his league appearances were 5, 35 and 10, he had one decent season where he played a few games, as he did last season with 22 games, after the season with 35 games he was then entering the last 12 months of his contract and it was thought he would move on that summer, West Ham bid £3m for him which was turned down as it was believed by Rennes that they could get a bit more for him, it didn’t happen as no club believed he was better than a £3m player, and that was after his best ever season, so please stop with this ridiculous notion that he has been “Pardewed” as it is quite clear that he has always been a player with very limited ability, West Ham refused to go a penny higher than £3m when he was injury free and at his best, that is how good Sylvain Marveaux is.

  • colwell

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Goes to show how shite we have been if Gosling has been the best recently. The guy can’t pass a ball 5 yards, no pace, he runs around alot not really doing anything.

    He likes to get forward but fcuk me hit can’t hit a barn door, he simply is not good enough if we are rebuilding maybe injuries have ruined him but there is nothing to his game that values a new contract. Bigi and Abeid are better.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #34


    so what has gosling brought to the party exactly or has he just been less pardewed

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #35

    Anyone else think that if we win on Monday (no fcuking chance) but if we did that the puppet would say it’s because he’s back on the touchline? I can imagine it now

    Interviewer: Alan, why do you think the team played so much better tonight than the previous games?

    Alan: Well it’s clearly down to me being on the touchline, make no bones about it I make a massive difference

    Interviewer: Don’t you think the player’s showed a lot of character on the pitch?

    Alan: Erm….oh..oh yeah they followed my instructions to the letter and listened whilst I orchestrated from the touchline

    Interviewer: The team looked far more disciplined tonight especially defensively, what did you do differently?

    Alan: It’s basically me from the touchline tellin em where to stand and who to pass to

    Interviewer: Well congratulations on the win Alan but we have to interview Mr wenger

    Alan; Wait…wait

    Camera pans to wenger

    Alan pops back into screenshot

    This win was for mike!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #36

    Sounds to me like he’s repeating Pardews one and only team-talk. Work hard lads, run about lots, stifle them, hope we somehow nick it via our one flair player that Carr bought.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #37


    The goal Marv made for Ba in the Arse away game last season was a glimpse of a very special talent as were the goals he made for Cisse (more than Cabaye even.)

    But Pardew drops people when on form a la MYM etc or plays people out of position , ie Cisse as a right winger, MYM as a right back, Gouffran as a defensive left mid etc etc

    A good coach would play to his squad’s strengths not just replace them with workaday journeymen who have achieved exactly what in their place?

  • southafricantoon

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #38

    I prefer marveux and HBA to dan gosling!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #39


    I’ve got a horrible feeling that is exactly what could happen and we’d never hear the end of it..

    Funny thing is even though Pardew could have miraculously prevented Swansea from scoring as he has special powers, his powers mysteriously left him on the touchline when we shipped 68 goals last season!

    You only had to see that Reading home match to know everything about Pardew.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Toon Prodigy, I agree more or less with you. I do think Pardew lacks training / coaching ability – hence the useless corners etc. And yes he is mediocre. Rotunda, I disagree with much of what you say. Pardew is not goofd enough for a club with aspirations. But if the owner wants a middling club with a middling manager, he has it. I agree with you re other managers getting more out of the team – and that is exactly why Pardew is a middling manager – lower middling i’d say. I would rather we changed him, but given Ashleys incompetence at hiring, would you trust him to make a great decision, or unearth a gem?? I think we would get Big Eck r some other Brit. I agree with you – we should do better that we are , with a better coach, but Pardew is lower middling. He’s not a total disaster though. If he was , we would ot have got 5th, or 9th or whatever. If we had our two top players playing, we would have dome better. Would we have done better with the Everton/Liverpool boss? Yes. Would we have done better under, say Laudrup ? Thats possibly debateable. Either way, Pardew aint great, but there’s worse.


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