What’s happened to Dan Gosling?

Gosling nearing return.
I’ve heard a few rumblings lately with regards to Dan Gosling. How long is he going to be out for? And when is he likely to return to first team action? Those kinds of rumblings…

I really was looking forward to seeing him play and I thought it was a great bit of business done by NUFC regardless of his injury, and I’m sure a lot of people, especially those with one eye on the future, will agree with me.

Now we all knew when he signed that he was injured, and it was a bad injury at that! So when Chris Hughton told us that he wouldn’t be available until January at the earliest it came as no major surprise.

True to his word Gosling did make his long awaited comeback in January, and would you believe it was against them lot from down the road. Even though it was only a five minute cameo we all thought that Gosling had almost recovered and that we were going to see him play a major role in the second half of the season. Sadly it hasn’t turned out like that.

The day after he played against Sunderland he played in a reserve game and lasted the whole 90 minutes. Now that, for me anyway, was a mistake as with him clearly not 100% the club should have known that he wasn’t ready for a whole match, regardless of what level it was.

Then would you believe it, a few days after playing in that reserve game manager, Alan Pardew confirmed that Gosling had been complaining of swelling around his knee and that it just wasn’t going away. So Gosling had to go under the knife for a second time, but this time he was expected to out for around three to four weeks.

Now here we are in late March and still there had been no word from club regarding his injury or how long it would be before we see him play, up until this week! It came from the rather unusual source of assistant John Carver where he had this to say on the matter;

”Dan Gosling is about three weeks away – he is progressing nicely.”

Not a lot of information given there but considering we’ve heard nothing in months it is a welcome boost. Carver also confirmed that he would feature before the seasons out so hopefully we will see him in one or two cameo appearances before going on to get a good pre-season under his belt. Then we’ll get to the best of a fully fit Dan Gosling next season.

If that doesn’t happen and he doesn’t play again this season the thing that people must remember is that he is only 20 years old, one year older than Nile Ranger, so he is still very young and has time on his side.

Another advantage with Gosling is that he can play in a few positions, which Alan Pardew mentioned that he liked in a player, although Gosling himself said he sees himself a centre midfielder. Personally I can’t see him getting a lot of game time in that position, at least next season I can’t anyway.

But lets not get carried away. Get him FULLY fit, take no risks and if that means not seeing him again until pre-season then so be it. I’ll be disappointed but just imagine how he feels himself, at a new club and just wanting to be able to prove himself but not being able to do so.

If we’re careful then I have no doubt that we have a cracking player not only for next season but for years to come. But for next season lets just hope when we play Everton away he puts in a brilliant performance and caps it off with a wonder goal!

Now that is something us fans and Gosling himself would love!

119 thoughts on “What’s happened to Dan Gosling?

  1. course we’re a selling club, every club outside of the top 6 are the same.
    no club will keep a player who wants to leave so all this crap about making a player stay against his wishes is foolish thinking
    would imagine that llambias looks at the likes of everton, stoke, Bolton wage structures and thinks that’s where we are at the moment – these are the teams who we can match or better on wages so we can get the best of the rest so to speak
    wasn’t there a post the other day about toon fans being deluded – course we are
    Barton/Enrique will hang on till the summer and see if they get better offers from elsewhere, walk into owlheeds office and say better this offer, llambias will say we can’t afford it and they’ll go – presuming they get better wages elsewhere

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  2. Whumpie
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Youโ€™re determined that Ashley is in it to squeeze money out and nowt else.

    I’ve never once said he is squeezing money out. What I have said, and I stand by this is that he seems determined not to spend a penny of his own money on the club since he realised what a bottomless pit he had bought (and thats his own fault for not doing any DD), unless he has to ie to stop the club going bust and protecting his investment.

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  3. Moreno
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 2:29 PM
    Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

    Would buy a house without getting the money first to pay for it first?

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  4. I have to admit I’m really sick of talking about the “big clubs”. Every club is unto itself. Look at American football. The “big clubs” are the NY’s, Washington & Dallas-but small market Pittsburgh and Green Bay won the last two Super Bowls. So I say screw the big club concept & let Newcastle be Newcastle. If the owner ever gets it right in selection of on and off field management, the sky’s the limit, no matter what any other club is doing.

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  5. Sorry but my track record when it comes to Ashley is spot on. Everytime I have these same arguments with the blind supporters and they end up with egg on their faces for being so naive.

    I stand by my belief that Ashley has wanted rid of the club from the day he bought it and he’s just trying to crawl along on minimum outlay until he gets someone to biuy it off him.

    Good for him, disaster for the club and us.

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  6. Moreno
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 2:29 PM
    Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

    Would buy a house without getting the money first to pay for it first?

    Doesn’t really make sense that to be honest. Dismally poor analogy. You were saying we were a selling club, whumpie was saying we were a buying club. It was just going back and forth and getting no where.

    My point about the chicken or the egg was the fact you remind me of a school child having an argument on the playground.

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  7. “I stand by my belief that Ashley has wanted rid of the club from the day he bought it and heโ€™s just trying to crawl along on minimum outlay until he gets someone to biuy it off him.”

    How do you explain Tiote’s new deal then?

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  8. For what its worth, I think the term selling club is reserved for those that sell 3 and buy1 player. Like Wigan. We havent and therefore we arent.

    I couldnt give a tupney to$$ if we sell players that dont want to play for us, ie given and nzogbia. Theres plenty that do.

    Finally, I also couldnt give a rats if Ashley doesnt spend beyond the clubs means and we hover around mid table while we are financially secure, and others start to feel the effects of over spending.

    Ultimately I want the club to survive so I can support it and go to the match each week. That is all.

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  9. MDS,

    the very question I asked BS no. 9 hours ago after a throwaway comment that Tiote is leaving in the summer. A question I am still yet to receive a decent answer for.

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  10. Ashley has never sold a player who doesnt want to leave so I wouldn’t call us a selling club. We rejected bids for Carroll throughout the window until HE asked to leave.

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  11. Andrew raises a good point. It’s a question I ask regularly yet never get an answer for: How many players have we sold that either:-

    a) Didn’t want to go
    b) Ran out of contract
    c) Went because of relegation

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  12. Stu – actually, I think we’re agreeing on your statement at post 72. Spot on.

    I also think you may be right about Ashley wanting to sell, but my guess is leaning towards wanting to make the club successful and enjoy it – the reason he bought in the first place. But I can’t know that, obviously!

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  13. MDS
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    I think it’s pretty clear that his salary increase has been funded by the Carroll wedge.

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  14. Toonsy – my point exactly. If we did that, we’d be a selling club. But I can’t think of an example.

    I think the club will try hard to keep our best players. The AC debarcle and the CH sacking has made that a lot harder, as has the poor recent form, largely caused by being crap in January. But the intent seems to be there. Ability? That’s another matter!

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  15. Oh for the buying club days Guivarch, Marcelino, Goma, Dumas, Tomasson, Anderson, Georgiadis, Boumsong, Luque, Babayaro, Domi, Owen, Faye, Viana, Jenas, Bramble, Gavilan, Bassedas, Quinn, Cort, Carr, Pistone, Duff, Martins, Parker…

    Why cant we just spunk money up the wall like we have done for the last decade, It worked every time… ๐Ÿ™„

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  16. I always remember Acuna making Viera look silly in one game. It was a shame that seemed to be his highlight ๐Ÿ˜†

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  17. I think itโ€™s pretty clear that his salary increase has been funded by the Carroll wedge.

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    why didn’t he just sell tiote and not up his wages. Surely tiote would have been more attractive to clubs on lower wages. He still had 3.5 years left on his old deal.

    The club was hemmoraging money even BEFORE relegation. Had ashley not sold anyone and pumped bucket loads of cash on new transfers we’d have gone into administration and would be playing in League 1.

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  18. Nah Clarence would never make that list i remember him scoring some vital goals away to dirty leeds, spurs and everton, Plus was a proper little battler…

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  19. Sound, so Ferdinand found out about the captaincy via the media. Nice on Fabio
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    Capello hasn’t exactly worked out has he?

    Not sure what the remedy is for England but tey need to find one.

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  20. johno @71 i disagree aboot not being as big as mancity, they have more cash than us but i wouldnt say they are a bigger club

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  21. CC
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    I prefer to look at who was spending that money, not who it was spent on.

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  22. MDS
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    why didnโ€™t he just sell tiote and not up his wages. Surely tiote would have been more attractive to clubs on lower wages. He still had 3.5 years left on his old deal.

    He’s be payiing him a higher salary for just six months then in the summer he’ll sell him for a higher fee. That way the fans feel like Ashley is doing something good and renew their season tickets, when in reality Ashley is only committing to a higher salary for a few months.

    Not saying that’s what has happened, just that it wouldn’t suprise me if he had done it on that basis.

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  23. Stuart79
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    “I prefer to look at who was spending that money, not who it was spent on.”

    Sound. Spend today and forget tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

    I mean lets over look the fact that Freddie spent all the clubs surplus cash (ยฃ100 million in the bank) and continued spending to leave us ยฃ70 million in the read and losing ยฃ30 million a year with little personal cash to bail him out and having to securitise every asset NUFC owned just to keep the club running.

    Really good that lke. It would have lasted forever and all…… ๐Ÿ™„

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  24. Really good that lke. It would have lasted forever and allโ€ฆโ€ฆ
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    At least you would have gotten to see the Toon play matches in stadiums with terraces ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  25. toonsy
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:47 PM
    Stuart79
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    โ€œI prefer to look at who was spending that money, not who it was spent on.โ€

    Sound. Spend today and forget tomorrow

    I mean lets over look the fact that Freddie spent all the clubs surplus cash (ยฃ100 million in the bank) and continued spending to leave us ยฃ70 million in the read and losing ยฃ30 million a year with little personal cash to bail him out and having to securitise every asset NUFC owned just to keep the club running.

    Really good that lke. It would have lasted forever and allโ€ฆโ€ฆ

    What are you on about, toonsy?

    Who mentioned Shepherd?

    When people mention all the money we’ve spent on players who haven’t performed I would much rather look at the managers who bought them, not how much money was spent.

    Lets say a better manager had spent the money we’ve frittered away over the last ten years and I’m sure they’d have bought better players.

    So when people say we’ve wasted money and spending doesn’t guarantee you anything I think we need to look at which managers would be spending that money.

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  26. Morning all. I know, everybody’s fooked off to another thread.

    Pity I couldn’t stay up and chat on this thread last night – had some horizontal lambada to perform.

    So, I was about to take up Stuart’s offer to “Read the form book. I have been absolutely correct about this football club since Ashley got here”

    Well, that’s a red rag to an archivist isn’t it.

    But true, Stuart has been remarkably consistent in slagging off Ashley. For eg:

    Feb21 2010: “Fair play to him though โ€“ His interests are the same as ours.” โ€“ About Ashley for loaning the club some money.

    Feb 21 2010: “He has in some respects been the model owner โ€“ Employing people to run the club and keeping his nose out of the football side if things.”

    And he’s been spot on about transfers …

    “Keane will be arriving โ€“ Unbelievable really!”

    May 10 2010: “Just look at the facts and look at the bigger picture โ€“ We will be the only club in the PL who doesnโ€™t spend any money on new players โ€“ Everyone else will.”

    And what about being a selling club?

    April 30 2010: “We need to make as much money as possible โ€“ Increasing turnover should the clubs major financial aim over the next few years โ€“ We need all the money we can get our hands on to be in a position to buy better players.”

    At least he is contrite

    Aug 31 2010: “To be honest I donโ€™t think anyone can complain with this transfer window. Weโ€™ve brought more players than anyone thought we would.”

    And defends his fellow fans:

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  27. Sep 1 2010: “We donโ€™t need fans like you โ€“ Who come on here and act all high and mighty, slagging โ€˜realโ€™ supporters off for having an opinion”

    Sep 1 2010: “Is it because your stupid little views paint a picture of a sad, sour faced little runt with no life?”

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  28. I believe that’s called check mate.

    Stuart’s just been OWNED ๐Ÿ˜†

    Great digging Bris ๐Ÿ˜‰

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