DAN Gosling has been described as the best midfielder of his type at Newcastle United.
The 23-year-old saw his move to Crystal Palace collapse earlier this week after the Premier League new boys stalled on the deal.
But far from being disheartened, Gosling produced a man of the match performance on Tuesday night against St Mirren on his return to the Newcastle first team.
It was a reminder to Toon boss Alan Pardew – and the club’s fans – of the quality that Gosling possesses, even though he accepts that with the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Moussa Sissoko and Vurnon Anita ahead of him in the midfield pecking order, he will still have to leave in search of first-team football.
But the player’s agent, David Hodgson, believes whichever club he ends up at will be getting a player who can influence a game from the centre of the park.
“He has got amazing box-to-box ability,” Hodgson said.
“Nobody at Newcastle United could get close to getting box to box like this kid can.
“He’s not a midfielder like a Cabaye who will spray the ball about.
“Dan is going to go where he feels he is wanted as a player.
“We all know he is not going to be figuring in the starting 11 at Newcastle.”
Gosling excelled on Tuesday night playing just behind lone striker Papiss Demba Cisse, creating chances and going close to scoring himself on three occasions.
Hodgson will now start the search for a new club again, but is confident potential suitors will be getting a player free of injury trouble.
He has insisted the medical the midfielder underwent at Palace showed up no problems, and despite the lay-offs he has had over recent years is confident that the bad luck is behind him.
Gosling’s injury nightmare began in 2010 when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, but Hodgson is sure the former Everton man has the right character to make it at the top level.
He added: “There is always an opportunity somewhere in the future he could have some issue (with his knee) but that is normal.
“As far as we were concerned everything was fine (with the medical).
“The surgeon was very impressed with the operation that had been carried out three or four years ago.
“Dan belongs to Newcastle United. This is a good kid. He is a good player.
“He is a very good person and character. He trains very hard.
“He played in all the reserve games for Newcastle when he didn’t even have to.
“We all know the future is to try and find football at another club because he needs to be playing.
“I now have to try to find the right glove for him to fit into.”