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Newcastle Midfielder Leaves After Blocking Progress Of Young Players

8 years ago
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Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling has agreed a four year contract with Bournemouth, following his release by Newcastle United.

The contract will be formally signed on July 1st, subject to a medical.

Gosling will leave with a very bizarre  statistic hanging over him, in four years at Newcastle the midfielder never started a Premier League match that United went on to win. As well an even more bizarre one – Pardew picking him instead of [intlink id=”42901″ type=”post”]giving United\’s rising young stars their chance[/intlink].

He might not have cost a fee when Newcastle ‘snatched’ him from Everton when United took advantage of the Toffees messing up his contract situation, but it is yet another example of Mike Ashley’s gambles on damaged goods proving bad business.

Giving Gosling a four year contract when still recovering from a bad injury, the move has massively backfired with any possibility of the midfielder being good enough for the Premier League, ended via the knee ligament injury he suffered when at Goodison.

All Newcastle fans ever saw was a player who could do the basics in central midfield, but not very quickly. Failing to show any real creativity or goal threat.

The bizarre nature of Newcastle United saw Gosling involved in five of United’s final six Premier League matches, despite the midfielder guaranteed to depart at the end of the season when his contract came to an end.

Alan Pardew has made various claims of giving young players their chance and yet he chose to give games to somebody who walking out of the door and with Newcastle United only under threat of further humiliation (which Gosling helped deliver) rather than something serious such as relegation.

I think you’d be hard pushed to find any Newcastle fan who wouldn’t rather have seen one or more of the kids given their chance in those final matches of the season just gone.

What the likes of Adam Armstrong must have thought as he watched Gosling taking game time off players who could potentially be the future of the club.

If you aren’t going to give kids their chance when there’s no pressure on games, exactly when are you going to do it?

A sad indictment on Ashley and Pardew that this season not one player under the age of 21 started a single Premier League match for Newcastle and of the players who are now under the age of 23 at St.James’ Park, only three of them started PL games – Haidara (21), Dummett (22) and Sammy Ameobi (22).

The three of them only starting 18 matches between them in the league.

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