DAN Gosling is desperate to make up for lost time at Newcastle – starting against Tottenham on Saturday.
The midfielder’s first year on Tyneside was spent in the treatment room as he recovered from a serious knee injury.
Gosling found his Premier League opportunities limited last term by the form of others, notably first-choice midfield pair Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.
However, the 22-year-old has impressed in pre-season for Newcastle, and is eager to maintain that form in the Premier League.
With Tiote nursing a calf problem and Cabaye short of match fitness ahead of Spurs’ 5.30pm visit to the Sports Direct Arena, Gosling is on standby.
“Everyone knows I was injured in the first year, so that was a write-off,” Gosling said. “Last year was my first full one.
“I’d have liked to have played a bit more, but that’s just how it is.
“I’ll keep battling, and hopefully this one will be a better one.
“Hopefully, I’ll get more games in the Premier League this year.”
Last week’s 4-1 defeat at Cardiff marred the Magpies’ pre-season, but Gosling insists: “We’ll be ready for Spurs after a week’s intensive training. We’ve had a few good results.
“Pre-season is about getting fit, and we’ll all be up to the levels required by the Premier League.”
The Tottenham game is followed by Thursday’s Europa League play-off first leg against Atromitos in Athens, with a Premier League game at Chelsea to follow.
Gosling said: “It’s a massive week, and hopefully we can get a good start against Spurs and take it on to the Europa and Chelsea, as well.
“It’s going to be tough, but I’m sure whoever’s picked will do a good job for the team.
“We know that it’s not going to be easy, but no game is.
The (Spurs) players will be trying to impress the new manager (Andre Villas-Boas), and it’ll be a tough start. But we’re a good side, and we proved that last year.”