Three reasons why Newcastle should bring 27-year-old PL midfielder back to Tyneside
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Newcastle should weigh up a move for Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling in the summer as they eye promotion back to the Premier League.
Gosling, 27, is currently struggling for regular game-time with the Cherries, as Eddie Howe possesses an abundance of central midfielders with Jack Wilshere, Andrew Surman, Harry Arter and Lewis Cook all vying for a first-team slot.
With Gosling potentially looking for a way out of the Liberty Stadium after falling down the pecking order, here are three reasons why the Toon should sign the midfielder.
Gosling endured a difficult four-year spell at St. James’ Park between 2010 and 2014, where he struggled to overcome a string of injuries that limited him to just 11 starts in all competitions. However, a return to Tyneside could bring the best out of Bournemouth’s number four, as he would have something to prove to the north east faithful after failing to show his quality during his last spell. Bringing in a player with knowledge of the Toon’s expectant fanbase could allow Gosling to hit the ground running instead of taking time to adapt to the added pressure.
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The former Sunderland midfielder has come under constant criticism during Newcastle’s pursuit of an instant return to the Premier League, despite being a proven top-flight central midfielder. The flame-haired star has failed to add any kind of attacking outlet and has been criticised for his tendency to pass the ball backwards. Bringing in box-to-box midfielder Gosling would add a quicker tempo in the middle of the park, and although Gosling is not known for his goals, his urgency on the ball could spark life into Rafa Benitez’s forwards.
Current contract situation
After spending a huge amount of money for a Championship side throughout the 2016-17 season, the Toon could be looking to scour the market for bargains during the summer. With Gosling’s current deal set to expire in just over 12 months, Bournemouth could look to offload Gosling rather than risk him losing him on a free at the end of his current deal. That could see Benitez profit by bringing the former Everton and Plymouth star to St. James’ Park for a second time on the cheap, allowing him to spend his transfer budget elsewhere.
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