DAN Gosling admits he wants more game-time at Newcastle United – but is happy to fill in for the side when needed, writes Daniel Prince.
Gosling made just his third Premier League appearance of the season last week when he came on as a late substitute against Hull City.
The midfielder has had a frustrating time on Tyneside since joining from Everton in 2010, with injuries playing a major part in his lack of chances.
Since the January sale of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain, though, Gosling has been regularly in the matchday squad for Newcastle, and he is determined to take any chance that comes his way.
Gosling – who is out of contract in the summer – said: “It’s always nice to get a game.
“Obviously I’d like to play more minutes than I have been, but I just go on when the manager calls me and try to do my best for the team.
“Against Villa we scored when I was on, and again against Hull, so I couldn’t ask for much better.”
Gosling saw a move to Crystal Palace collapse last summer, while he spent three months on loan at Blackpool earlier this season.
He returned to Newcastle in January having made 14 appearances for the Championship side, and is now looking to force his way into Alan Pardew’s plans at St James’s Park.
The former England Under-21 international has played just 31 times for United since signing, but is hoping to again be involved against Fulham next weekend.
Newcastle decided to keep Gosling as cover for the rest of the season after he returned from his Blackpool loan spell in January.
However, minutes on the pitch have been limited, although he did play a part in United’s fourth goal at the KC Stadium last Saturday.
When Gosling returned to the squad, Pardew said he had been impressed with the midfielder’s spell in the Championship, and hinted chances would come his way on Tyneside.
He said: “I just think I might keep Dan around and see how he goes. He did well at Blackpool.”
Gosling’s hopes of a permanent move to Blackpool were scuppered when the manager he worked under, Paul Ince, was sacked, while there were doubts the Lancashire club could afford his wages.
Ince feels Gosling can still have a Premier League career, and was impressed with his form at Bloomfield Road.
He said: “He’ll tell you himself that his time at Newcastle hasn’t been great so far, as he’s not had a lot of game time with his injury problems.
“He’s got undoubted ability – he’s a Premier League player.”