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?