Thursday, July 22, 2010

Golden goose lands at last

After what seems like an eternity, Chris Hughton has finally got his man, with confirmation that former Everton starlet Dan Gosling has signed a four-year deal with the club.

Due to Everton's failure to make a written contract offer to Gosling before his contract expired, he's been cleared to sign for us on what is effectively a Bosman transfer.

As a promising young English midfielder, Gosling's signature looks to represent an excellent addition to the squad. Hughton described him as a box-to-box midfielder, and whilst he's not the defensive midfielder I think we all recognise we need, Gosling adds depth to the squad and has the benefit of boasting Premier League experience. If Hughton can continue to pick up players in this vein, then he'll have done very well.

The only draw back is that whilst Gosling has described it as "a brilliant move" and that he "can't wait to get started", the reality is that he will have to wait while he recovers from a knee injury picked up against Wolves in March. Assuming he can come back from that (and there's no reason why he shouldn't) then hopefully he'll be competing for a place in the squad in the autumn.


Anonymous Lee Efc said...

I am an evertonian and I can honestly say dan gosling has got nothing about him he is slow he has no strength and for a young boy his stamina is awful.he was a decent squad player for us and he knew he would never break into our first team that's why he left.good luck with him but believe me he is poor.

2:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not a very good player in all fairness, and couldnt get into the everton team even when they were depleated through numerous injuries last season

4:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if this really is a good addition then unfortunately it is a reflection of how far Newcastle have fallen...

8:37 pm  
Blogger Ben said...

Sour grapes, lads? After all, Everton wanted to keep him and Moyes was furious when he walked out - so they must rate him. More fools them for the administrative cock-up.

As it stands, I agree with Paul - it looks like a shrewd move, particularly with there being no transfer fee involved. That said, it wouldn't be the first time we've thought we've nicked a bargain only for it not to work out quite as we'd planned it - so, as is usually the way, time will tell.

8:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a free, he's a decent signing. I would worry about the 25k a week, though. He's a player that might fit into things now as Newcastle try to establish a position in the PL (shame he's injured) After that, then the lad will be surplus to Newcastle requirements. He wasn't good enough for Everton, and he isn't good enough for the high standards Newcastle have.

8:51 pm  
Blogger Ben said...

Truth is (as I think most of us fully acknowledge) that we just need players who can help us stay in this division, and Gosling fits the bill. We're not expecting world-beaters who could propel us towards the top six - that'll only come if we can survive and consolidate.

9:10 pm  

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