DAN Gosling has put thoughts about his future on the back burner – with his only focus on helping Newcastle United “claw” their way to a top-half finish, writes DANIEL PRINCE.
Gosling’s contract at St James’s Park expires in the summer, with the midfielder expected to leave Newcastle after four years with the club.
However, the former Everton man has started the last three games for Alan Pardew’s side, and has been one of the few players to come out of the club’s woeful recent run of form with any credit.
The Magpies have lost their last five games, and are now in danger of falling out of the top half after last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea.
Newcastle will find themselves 11th in the Premier League heading into Monday’s game at Arsenal should Stoke City and Crystal Palace win their weekend home fixtures.
Gosling is one of a number of players – including Shola Ameobi and loan signings Luuk de Jong and Loic Remy – who is unsure where his future lies beyond this season.
However, he insists his only concentration is on the forthcoming games, and helping newcastle hit their pre-season target of a top-10 finish.
Gosling said: “Of course, you have a think here and there about your future.
“The main focus, though, is to keep playing and help the lads claw over the line and get a top-10 finish.
“There has been a lot of talk that our season is fading away and we’ve given up, but I think everyone knows that isn’t the case. We showed heart and desire against Swansea.
“Our work-rate was good and we pressed all game.
“Swansea never got their passing game going.
“We stifled them, and were very unlucky to lose – I don’t think we deserved that at all.”
Pardew has come under increased fire from supporters in the wake of the latest defeat, while players have also seen their attitudes questioned.
However, Gosling believes the criticism is normal, with the team set to “stick together” ahead of Monday’s trip to the Emirates.
He added: “Through the season, you always get criticism.
“You get great feedback as well when things are going well.
“It’s best to try not to take any of it too personally.
“We just stick together, and have to try and come out and win games on the weekend.”