Will Dan Gosling be able to rekindle his Everton form?

Dan Gosling

Dan Gosling
Can Gosling produce the goods?
Dan Gosling was one of the transfer coups of last summer in my opinion.

The lad was in a contract dispute with his former club Everton. The issue being that they had only verbally offered him a contract and not managed to send him written confirmation of that offer. Thus Gosling and his agent began proceedings for Gosling to be released from his contract.

Everton rightly went to the courts about the matter, several press reports indicated that Newcastle had signed the midfielder but the process of his dispute with Everton led to us being unable to sign him until the matter was resolved. A separate court ruled that Everton had in fact broken the rules and Gosling was now a free agent.

When Gosling arrived at the club he spoke of how Chris Hughton had convinced him to join us over other clubs such as Sunderland. He revealed how Hughton had visions of the turning the club into a top six team and was impressed by the facilities that were available at our club.

Many Everton fans were annoyed at the way Gosling had left them, some even said he wasn’t good enough to hold down a starting position in David Moyes’ side. In my opinion I believe that Gosling became annoyed by the fact that Jack Rodwell had secured a long-term contract and Gosling was beginning to be outshone by his team-mate. I can certainly see that as a reason for why he left the club as Rodwell was the one who was used more and more by Moyes.



Gosling did show his ability many times for the Toffee’s, most notably when he scored in the FA Cup against Liverpool which helped Everton reach the FA Cup Final that season against Chelsea. He drove forward many times scoring goals that helped Everton have a season to remember. The goals he scored were clinical and highlighted the ability that he had whenever he was on the ball.

Dan Gosling played in many positions for Everton and that reasons he became frustrated at Goodison. He demonstrated that he could play at right-back, right-midfield and centre-midfield, but his preferred position is centre-mid and that is where he had his best games for Everton. He was able to play on right-midfield quite effectively aswell mind.

Although Gosling was injured for a long part of the summer and the first half of the season. He did make a brief appearance for us during the Sunderland vs Newcastle game, although that ended bitterly for Gosling. He suffered a setback and had to have a further operation in order to fix his knee.

The lad though has been stepping up his recovery from his injury setback during the second half of the season and even finished his holiday early so that he would be ready for pre-season and the forthcoming games.

With the sale of Kevin Nolan perhaps Gosling will get more of a chance this forthcoming season. Alan Pardew speaks highly of the player and has said how he is looking forward to involving him in his plans for the season.

I’m sure Pardew is looking forward to being able to use Gosling in this season; he can play in a number of positions allowing him to use his versatility throughout the season. I see Pardew perhaps deploying him in central midfield when Cheik Tiote incurs a ban for the amount of yellow cards that he may amass in the forthcoming season.

If Gosling comes through pre-season and shows his talent then he has a bright future ahead for Newcastle United.

What do you think of Dan Gosling? Will he show us his Everton form?

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

48 thoughts on “Will Dan Gosling be able to rekindle his Everton form?

  1. I think he’ll struggle to be honest, can’t see him starting many matches and that’s what he need IMO.

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  2. I think he should act as a replacement for Tiote in cup games and for suspensions, as well as give Simpson competition at right back.

    Did anything appear in the Echo after all that Twitter nonsense?

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  3. I dont recall him ever playing centre mid for Everton so he couldnt have had his best games there. Plus he came on as a sub in the FA Cup final whereas Rodwell never so I’m not sure he would have considered Rodwell as being favoured more.

    He’s not a big loss to Everton – he had a knack of getting in good positions in the box but that is about it, he has limited technical ability and we’ve much better midfielders, hence he only started games when we had bad injury problems.

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  4. Witters- I agree with you, if he’s right after his injury then I think he could appear in some games for us. Hopefully he will get his chance

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  5. I don’t think he’ll get too many games and think he’ll be a squad player at best, he’ll be here for 2 more years tops imo 😉

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  6. Ok Roomy,
    Great, more waiting for what could be potentially nothing or anything.
    Just from his online articles, Scott Wilson doesn’t seem like the fabricating type of journalist.
    So it was interesting coming from him… And he’s said boer else, which means he wants nothing leaked.

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  7. Not roomy, 🙁 …. Gees,

    Toonsy,
    These friggin smart phones have a mind of their own… And they not as smart as they think

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  8. Pardew has hardly even mentioned Gosling and even said himself he’d hardly seen anything of him when he was interviewed only a couple of weeks ago. He even went as far as to say it’ll be like having 4 new signings (Cabaye, Ba, Marvaeux and Ben Arfa) and had to be prompted to remember Gosling! Thought that was a bit strange tbh.

    I reckon Gosling is a youngster with a lot of talent but he might well have lost a yard of pace after this knee injury. Time will tell if he can do a job for us, even if it turns out to be just a decent squad player.

    That would be a shame though-he could be very good!

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  9. Hopefully he can get involved in the friendlies, make his mark in some way during the pre season

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  10. “He drove forward many times scoring goals that helped Everton have a season to remember. The goals he scored were clinical and highlighted the ability that he had whenever he was on the ball.” I’m a season ticket holding Evertonian. The above quote is pure fantasy. He was another youth player from the stiffs who one hoped would amount to something but showed very little to illustrate what. With a dickie knee, even worse now. Unlucky Newcastle.

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  11. Harggy- He put a lot of performances in for Everton that showed his quality. It wasn’t just one goal that he scored. His technical ability is really good and he showed that with the games that he played for them. However Rodwell started becoming the young player to be used more and more.

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  12. John- you see I have family who have evertonians and they rated him a lot higher than you do. They said he had technical ability and you could see that when he was on the ball. Perhaps you feel aggrieved in the way that he left your club. I’m not trying to start an argument but he did show his ability but unfortunately lost out to Rodwell

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  13. Rodwell has great potential, but I see him being a Rio Ferdinand type centre back.
    Gosling looked solid but nothing special.

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  14. The lad is virtually starting from scratch. let just wait and see. I cannot remember anything about his Everton days.

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  15. @John

    Don’t worry fella, if you hang around long enough you’ll think youre on fantasy island . 😛 😛 😛

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  16. Just got caught up on the last thread and black marks to all those (the majority) who got the team selection wrong. Vuckic our best player will play up front with Ba. Benny floating wherever he wants and a three man midfield of Barton Tiote and Cabbaye.

    Come on lads do better next time

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  17. “Toby Le Rhone 1 min ago
    let just wait and see. I cannot remember anything about his Everton days.”

    Too much drink will do that Toby 😐

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  18. I think Gosling was exactly what the NUFC Board were looking for! A bright young talent with good prospects, who would either fail to shine and be sold on at minimum loss, or go on to flourish, in which case we would have sold him to a club like Liverpool for millions!!! I’m just glad he’s on the mend and will reserve my judgement till after i’ve seen him put in a decent shift for us!!

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  19. SingtheToonthem

    Quite right, we won’t sign any player that we cannot sell at a profit.
    Hence all the free signings aged 25-26…

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  20. Sorry Zoe, you’re wide of the mark a bit there pal, the goose wasn’t particularly clinical, I think ‘lucky’ would be the best way to describe him. Mis-kicks, rebounds and shin-rollers were about as ‘clinical’ as he got, he had potential but losing 18 months at such a young age means there’s no guarantees that he’ll ever reach his potential.

    Don’t ever recall him playing central midfield (especially given the wealth of generally underperforming talent we’ve got there) – Ossie, Arteta, Fellaini, Rodwell, Neville, Heitinga would all be ahead of him in Moyes’ eyes and for good reason.

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  21. JJ

    Sadly your right! I think we’d be willing to take small gambles on certain individuals (like we did with Gosling), but i’m not holding any hope on a ‘marquee’ signing! The whole Owen affair has changed our way of thinking, and quite rightly too, it’s gonna be several years of consolidation, with the faint glimmer of hope that we find a diamond in the rough who lights up SJP!!

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  22. Sorry Zoe, you have this one completely wrong. You will struggle to find any Evertonian saying anything about Gosling beyond that he was a bit-part player whose effort and commitment were frequently questioned. He was not without some ability but there were at least seven other midfielders ahead of him at Everton. The anger was not remotely at the fact of him leaving, but rather the way that he did. He was given a chance at Everton from Plymouth as a youngster, didn’t produce and then left in circumstances of greed and disloyalty. Had he been sold in the ordinary way, his value would have been in the £4m-£5m bracket, but only because the buyer hadn’t done their homework on him. Prediction: You will sell him to non Premiership club within 2 years.

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  23. I always liked Gosling, I think some of my fellow fans are a little bitter about the way he engineered the move away (his agent claiming he was “crying” not to receive a contract offer, when it was obvious he agreed it verbally). He is limited, but has potential to improve and to be honest he has a great engine for a small lad. I can guarantee he NEVER played central midfield for Everton, and only played right back on 1 or 2 occasions. He was usually on the right wing, or the odd time on the left as a sub for Pienear. He made his name by getting a good few goals in big games (Liverpool and Utd spring to mind immediately) but he was never going to become a permanent fixture in the Everton line-up. Personally, I believe his agent installed in his mind that he is the new Lampard and deserved more praise. Can’t see him being more than a bit-part player for you this year, again too much quality ahead of him. Wish him the best, if for nothing else than the “Super Dan Gosling” chorus after the FA Cup win over the RS.

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  24. As stated already there are many untruths here. I don’t think he ever played centre mid for Everton and nor would we have wanted him to. He lacks the bite or any fire in his belly, that’s what lets him down. He domes across as too nice and a bit of a mummy’s boy.

    He has technical ability, but no pace, so he won’t make a right mid. He’s too week and not aggressive enough for centre mid; and he’s not good enough defensively to be a right back, he’s no tackler.

    I don’t think he’ll quite be a top flight player, probably a good Championship player I’m afraid.

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  25. Yeah, sorry to bang the drum, but Gosling NEVER played centre mid at Everton. I personally didn’t see what people were raving about when he was here, an average player who would only get a chance on the wing due to lack of options and saw that further limited because Seamus Coleman can run. I am bitter about the way he left us but I honestly don’t miss him, just the money we should have got for him. If it’s true that he’s on £25,000 a week at Newcastle then you’re welcome to him, he’s definately not worth it.

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  26. Everton fan in peace here. The best compliment I can give to Gosling is that he is something of a Simon Davies-esque character. He has bags of enegery and can score the odd goal now and then but you can forget about any decent tackling, positioning, passing or vision. He frustrated when he played for us for those reasons and perhaps to be fair to the lad, he was young and was being played in a different position each time he got on the pitch. Perhaps he will improve but at the time of leaving us those were his defects.

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  27. I am a everton supporter and was annoyed in the way he left, but TBH I think gosling is to light weight to hold down a position for any team in cent mid and that was his problem with moyes, he wanted a starting position ahead of arteta and felli among others. The phrase getting to big for his boots spring to mind. I felt more sorry for Plymouth as they where due more money for his sale and they where going under at the time, so hats off to that one dan, good luck to him.

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  28. Gosling is one of those players who can be anonymous / not very good for most of a game but has the desire and knack to get in the box and on the end of a cross or a rebound – in the same way Tim Cahill does. He doesn’t have the same drive, determination, bite and heart (or heading ability) of Cahill, but he is one of those players who can save a point or turn 1 into 3. He isn’t blessed with greatest ability, but he’s a good guy to have in the squad. I think Everton & Plymouth were had off by Slavin who saw an opportunity and grabbed it with both hands, but this only happened because Everton displayed their usual zero commercial and administrative acumen to allow the situation to get to the point it did. Best of Luck to Dan – but a shame he burnt his bridge. He would have been assured of hero’s welcome by Evertonians everywhere for the rest of his life after the FA Cup winner against the Redshite – but he has kissed that goodbye with the way the left.

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  29. Will Gosling do a job for us?

    I happily haven’t got a clue! I don’t think his Everton form is any reliable guide – played in different positions, younger, different club and team mates, different manager and tactics.

    He hasn’t played for ages, and will need a fair few regular games for us to make a real judgement, which he might not get early on.

    Hopefully, at least he’ll be a useful squad player.

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  30. I think he knew that he wasn’t going to break into the Everton team. Moyes would have continued to use him in some capacity but it was obvious that he was behind alot of midfielders at Everton, and the position he was being played in was a position we needed strengthening and his name was never put forward as a long term solution. He could ‘do a job’, but nothing more than that.

    Unluckily for him I think Newcastle’s midfield has also improved over the last year, and he’s going to struggle to get games there. Tiote, Barton, Gutierrez and Ben Arfa, it’s difficult to see who he’s going to displace.

    Who knows though? We never got to see him in the middle of the park and it’s a very different position to playing outwide. It’s unfair to right the lad off without seeing him in his favoured position. He’s never going to control a game through intelligent passing, or boss a game physically, but he’s got a good engine, shows a willingness to get involved and has a knack of being in the right place at the right time. Certainly capable of being a decent squad player.

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  31. Gosling again is a young player who thinks he is better the what he is.
    He let Plymouth and himself down for the way he left Everton.

    Give him a couple of season’s he be back in Brixham living with parent playing for Tiverton.

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