Former NUFC midfielder “When it comes to Bournemouth versus Newcastle, there are no friends”
Dan Gosling only made 24 Premier League starts in his four years at Newcastle United.
A controversial signing at the time as Everton claimed to have an understanding with the midfielder that he was going to sign a new contract, so were in no rush, only for the player to sign for Newcastle when his then current contract ran out.
At the time it was portrayed as a real scoop for Newcastle, still only 20 the midfielder had already made 22 Premier League appearances for Everton and was seen to be one of their most promising young players when the Magpies signed him in 2010.
However, he’d also had major problems including a knee ligament injury, so it was also a gamble in that respect.
Now in his fifth season at Bournemouth he looks a far better and fitter player than Newcastle fans ever saw, with Eddie Howe’s competitive squad he still plays in most matches, though split between being a starter and a sub.
At Newcastle he is probably best remembered for being caught out and fined for breaking the FA’s rules on betting, the player pointing to boredom through not playing as a factor in that.
Dan Gosling has only scored seven PL goals for Bournemouth and the last of those came in February, Newcastle throwing away a 2-0 lead in the final 10 minutes on the south coast, Gosling getting the equaliser.
Despite his lack of games, the Bournemouth player says he learned a lot at Newcastle.
He also still wants to see Newcastle do well as he still has friends on Tyneside but that this goes out of the window when the two clubs meet.
A huge game for Newcastle but equally a massive carrot for the visitors, as a victory would guarantee a top six place heading into the international break.
Dan Gosling talking to the Daily Echo:
“I was there for four years and didn’t really get a chance to play.
“It was a tough four years but I learned a lot…
“I stayed professional and worked hard. I can’t really blame myself for that, there were other circumstances out of my control.
“I have totally moved on from that. I’m at a very good club here and am very happy with my football.
“I want them to do well (at Newcastle) because of the staff and friends I have there but, when it comes to Bournemouth versus Newcastle, there are no friends.
“We will say hello after the game but ultimately it’s three points on offer for us.
“Most of the players have changed and there are not too many up there from my time.
“They have around 50,000 Geordies there every week, whether that’s in the Championship or Premier League.
“It’s great when Newcastle are doing well.
“They are having a tough time at the moment and the players will be under pressure but they are a good club.
“They mean well and, hopefully, they will come out of it.”
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