DAN Gosling has been backed to finally get his Newcastle United career up and running – two years after arriving on Tyneside.
The midfielder has made just one Premier League start for the club in his two seasons at the Sports Direct Arena.
Gosling was recovering from surgery on his cruciate ligament when he joined Newcastle from Everton in the summer of 2012.
And the 22-year-old made just one brief substitute’s appearance – his debut came against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light – the season before last before suffering an injury setback.
Gosling hoped to make a breakthrough last term after a bright pre-season, but he went on to make just three starts, two of them in the Carling Cup.
However, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, mindful of Ryan Taylor’s breakthrough last season after a long spell on the fringes, still believes the versatile player has a future on Tyneside.
Pardew was impressed with Gosling’s performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce in Austria and his work on the training field during the club’s pre-season tour.
“That was the best I think Dan Gosling has played for a long while,” Pardew said.
“Forget about the game, he’s also been great in training and in and around the team.
“He’s going to be important to us next year, and with a bit of luck he’ll make a breakthrough like Ryan did. He was very good.”
Pardew is conscious of the demands a European campaign would place on Newcastle should the club qualify for the group stage of the Europa League next month.
And Brixham-born Gosling, given his versatility, could prove an influential player on the continent.
Gosling shot to fame as a teenager at Everton, but left Goodison Park after a contract dispute.
Pardew’s predecessor, Chris Hughton, signed him for the Magpies on a free transfer.