I don’t want to tempt fate but I have to take Dan Gosling to task regarding his comments about his time at St James Park.

The player was one of Mike Ashley’s many gambles that didn’t pay off, the Newcastle owner thinking he was getting the better of Everton by grabbing the midfielder for nothing because of a contract mix up.

However, like a number of his other ‘bargains’, the plan backfired and signing Dan Gosling when he was still on his way back from a serious injury proved an expensive mistake, as Newcastle had him on the wage bill for four years for basically nothing productive in return.

However, the biggest laugh is that Gosling now thinks that somehow he was the unlucky one on the Newcastle deal.

The midfielder saying he was never given a chance because his ‘face didn’t fit’, more like his shirt didn’t fit!

He reminds me of Rob Elliot, in that never once did I think he looked fit enough when we saw him on the pitch in his brief appearances.

He was out long-term injured a number of times whilst at Newcastle but again laughably, he reckons that when he did play he felt like he ‘played well’!

These are the five Premier League matches he actually started for Newcastle in his four years at the club:

Norwich 4 Newcastle 2

Newcastle 0 Manchester United 4

Stoke 1 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2

Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0

Dan Gosling has the rare distinction of being at Newcastle for four years and losing every Premier League match he started, plus he managed to get sent off in the Norwich one.

I don’t agree with a lot of what Alan Pardew did but I have to say that Dan Gosling played too many times for Newcastle, not too few!

When Newcastle let him go, I don’t recall a single fan arguing against it and indeed the fact that Bournemouth only gave him one start in the Championship last season seems to back up the belief that United made the right decision.

This season he has got some game time because of the injury crisis Bournemouth have experienced with key players this season.

In fact Gosling’s time at Newcastle is probably best remembered for him breaking the rules on football players gambling on matches.

If Newcastle don’t get a favourable result on Saturday I doubt it will be anything to do with Dan Gosling and he should just be grateful for the fortune that he earned whilst at St James Park, in return for contributing absolutely nothing of substance to the team in that time.

Dan Gosling:

“I have probably forgotten about my time at Newcastle, to be honest. I made some good friends if that means anything but it wasn’t the greatest time.

“What I do know is that I gave everything every day for the club and that the odd time I did play, I felt like I played well.

“I just think my face never fitted.

“The management has changed there now and it’s a different set of staff altogether.”

“I’m not out to show them that I’m a good player, I’m out there to help Bournemouth get three points, whether that’s Newcastle or any other team. It’s as simple as that.

“I got on with all the lads so it will be nice to see a few people and staff members that are still there, but ultimately, it’s a massive game.

“We need to win and they need to win so, if I am selected, it would be a great game to be involved in.”

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